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By Leslie Pietrzyk

Fifteen-year-old Alice goals of her first kiss, has sleepovers, auditions for Our Town, and attempts to move highschool biology. it truly is 1975, and at the start glance, her existence would appear to be basic and unexceptional. yet on this planet that Leslie Pietrzyk paints, each second she chronicles is printed throughout the kaleidoscope of loss, stained via the truth that Alice's mom, unexpectedly, be aware, or apology, intentionally parks her automobile at the railroad tracks, within the direction of an oncoming train.

In the emotional 12 months that follows, Alice and her older brother locate themselves within the care in their nice aunt, pressured to manage and flow ahead. Lonely and careworn, Alice absorbs herself in her mom Annette's customary rituals, attempting to recapture their connection -- merely to be surprised by means of the sound of her mother's voice talking to her, attractive Alice in ''conversations'' and supplying a few perception into the lifestyles that she had led, past her position as Alice's mother.

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Mama spoke briskly: “Replace mascara every six months even if it’s not gone. ” I grabbed hold of the edges of the dressing table, squeezed hard until my arms turned sore and stiff. This wasn’t like wanting to know what was in the orange juice. Couldn’t she see? If I just had the answer to one thing. I spoke very quietly, on the verge of crying: “One simple question. ” But she didn’t go on. There was a silence. A sudden beam of sunlight cut diagonally through the window behind me; in the mirror I watched dust float through the light.

What was I supposed to do—slam the door in her face? I guess some people would— you made your bed and all—but I figured if there was any other place to go, that’s where she’d be. And believe me, there wasn’t a question that didn’t get asked—not that she answered a single one. ” I asked. Aunt Aggy stroked the red dress like it was a cat. “She wouldn’t answer my questions, never said a word. Almost as if it never happened. I started wondering if it was real. ” Without looking at me, she walked out of the room with the dress entwined in her arms.

In the mirror, Aunt Aggy and I kept looking at each other, like those staring contests kids have. I was never good at them, and finally I dropped my eyes. “Not even one word,” I murmured. I picked up the tube of Crushed Cherry lipstick and set it upright, next to the perfume bottle. ” It sounded like an unfinished sentence, but she didn’t go on. The dress was stiff and scratchy and the waist was too snug, so I couldn’t take a full, deep breath, and suddenly I wanted out. ” Then why did she leave me?

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