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Cheshire Reads, along with the Cheshire Public Library presents an author event with Laura Harrington featuring her novel "Alice Bliss" on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. This event is made possible through a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council. Copies of the book are available through the Cheshire Public Library.
"Alice Bliss," the debut novel from award-winning playwright Laura Harrington, is a coming of age story that is both timeless and incredibly timely. Currently there are more than 300,000 teens in the US with family members who are deployed. "Alice Bliss" movingly illuminates the impact of war on those left at home: children, partners, family members, and the community.
When Alice learns her father is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Matt Bliss is leaving just as his daughter blossoms into a full-blown teenager. She will learn to drive, shop for a dress for her first dance, and fall in love all while trying to be strong for her mother and take care of her younger sister.
Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and librettist. She teaches playwriting at MIT and lives in Gloucester, MA.
"Alice Bliss," her first novel, grew out of Harrington's one-woman musical "Alice Unwrapped," which ran off-Broadway in New York and in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2009.
For further information or to register, please visit www.cheshirelibrary.ocm