What if she simply stops eating--goes on a hunger strike? They would have to keep her there, wouldn't they? It seems like the simplest solution, even when the hallucinations start, even when they kind of take over. But suppose she goes into a coma--or dies? If that happens, she'll have her new friend Rex, the mysterious boy who says he's dying, but whose jaunty ways have brought Alice to life.
Once again, Bruce Brooks tells an intriguing story that puts new twists on the oldest, biggest issues--love, death, and taking charge of your own life as you move toward adulthood.
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Brooks (Each a Piece, 1998, etc.) deftly fills in a complex background, peopled by adults who have failed his protagonist in various ways, and, without forcing an agenda onto events, presents Alice with reasons to take up her life again: the strongest are her stepfather’s reluctant promise to ben...| Read Full Review of Vanishing
Beginning with an out-of-body experience for the protagonist, the frequently dreamlike atmosphere of this novel distances the audience from the weighty events occurring here. Alice is an 11-year-old gMay 31 1999 | Read Full Review of Vanishing
Through a series of flashbacks, readers learn that Alice is hospitalized for bronchitis because of her father's and grandmother's neglect, and she intentionally stops eating in order to avoid being released to her alcoholic mother and her hateful stepfather.| Read Full Review of Vanishing
When Alice comes down with a bad case of bronchitis, Nana decides she can no longer cope with Alice's illness and says that Alice must leave."Alice would no longer be living there, her father said.| Read Full Review of Vanishing
The history / of the world is told thru the eye / of the colonizer, who takes pleasure in / sticking his fingers into an anemone’s / mouth until it starves.” By contrast, poems in Vanishing-Line often begin with a distant slow pan like the open vistas of There Will Be Blood or a John Ford film: ...| Read Full Review of Vanishing
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