By Leslie Pietrzyk
Fifteen-year-old Alice desires of her first kiss, has sleepovers, auditions for Our Town, and attempts to go highschool biology. it truly is 1975, and firstly glance, her existence would appear to be general 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, all at once, be aware, or apology, intentionally parks her motor vehicle at the railroad tracks, within the course of an oncoming train.
In the emotional yr that follows, Alice and her older brother locate themselves within the care in their nice aunt, pressured to manage and circulation ahead. Lonely and burdened, Alice absorbs herself in her mom Annette's commonplace rituals, attempting to recapture their connection -- merely to be shocked by way of the sound of her mother's voice chatting with her, enticing Alice in ''conversations'' and providing a few perception into the existence that she had led, past her position as Alice's mother.
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Ask about Chicago,” Mama insisted. I glanced at the underside of the hem. A store dress. ” I asked. She stopped ﬁddling with the doorknob. ” I picked up the next dress, one Mama had sewn, white polyester with blue seagull-like designs scattered across it. Mama called this her “adult” dress; she wore it to PTA meetings. I reached for the red dress again, draped it across one arm. I lifted the skirt, stretched it, let it drop, watching the fabric swish into place. Then I pressed the dress to my nose and sniffed.
Outside, the rain beat down. ” A tear slid down her other cheek. Sodium chloride (NaCl) was salt, and H2O was water. Is that what tears were? Aunt Aggy continued: “Annaggy, Annette. She liked how the names sounded together. ‘I wish you were my big sister,’ she’d say. Or, ‘I wish we lived by the ocean. ’ Your grandmother didn’t like that kind of talk—‘Going to the stars when you can’t even get to school on time,’ she’d say. Telling me not to encourage her, like that made a difference. When you add up all those tiny things about Annette.
You’ll ﬁnd curves you didn’t know were there, swish when you walk. ” I pushed the dress onto the bed, stood up. ” Her voice slowed, sounded far away. ” Aunt Aggy stared at the clothes she had just hung up, smoothed out a plaid skirt. “Only saw him that one time,” she said, and scooped up an armload of clothes, handed them to me. I held them as she ripped a garbage bag off the roll and ﬁngered the slippery edges, trying to ﬁnd the opening. “They don’t make this easy,” she snapped, but ﬁnally she separated the two sides from each other and poked both arms down to the bottom, shaking and rustling the bag all the way open.
A Year and a Day: A Novel by Leslie Pietrzyk