Alive and Well in Prague, New York (Laura Geringer Books) by Daphne Grab

By Daphne Grab

Matisse Osgood is a brand new York urban woman via and during. She buys her outfits at Andy's Cheapies, watches indie motion pictures on the Angelika, and would not be stuck useless on a hayride. but if her father will get unwell and Matisse's mom and dad choose to depart Man-hattan for a small city in upstate manhattan, her ideal international crumbles. As Matisse trudges via existence in Prague, she desires of waking up in her residence on West 78th road with a father who is good adequate to stroll along with her in imperative Park and a mom who does not faux that every thing is fine. whilst rumors encompass Matisse in school and her father's indicators irritate, Matisse realizes that the buddies she's making in Prague are the type you could anticipate. they assist Matisse locate the power to arrive out to her father, who will not be as faraway from her as she inspiration. And one specific farm boy exhibits Matisse that kingdom residing is lots extra magical than she ever imagined.

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The rest was a bit of truth stretching: I had met one cool person, and I was alive and well—as in I wasn’t dead. I sent it, hoping she’d put off taking any drastic action for a while. ••• At 5:58 that night I had a silent debate with myself. Back before my dad got sick, we used to 49 b watch the news together once or twice a week. We’d make fun of how seriously the newscasters took themselves, and then during commercials we’d make up stories, like a report about a woman who lost a sock in a Laundromat or a guy who was on trial for killing roaches.

But when I came and settled on the bed, he changed the channel to the news. I tried not to notice his left arm jerking and twitching as it lay on the comforter. The tremors were the worst when he was still. We stared silently as the overly made up anchorwoman finished up a story about a car accident on the highway. Her phony concern was the sort of thing we usually mocked. a 52 “All right, Bob. Now why don’t you give us that weather update,” she said, suddenly formidably cheery. I laughed and after a minute my dad joined in.

My dad would be running around the room, his a 50 hands on his head. ” he’d shout. “Blue, really, you’re going to disturb the neighbors,” my mom would say, coming in from the kitchen where she was going through takeout menus. But she would be laughing too. We’d stopped watching once he got sick, but I’d been thinking maybe we should start again. When we first got to Prague, I was too pissed at him and my mom to even consider it. But now that I’d met Violet and things weren’t totally wretched, I thought it might be fun.

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