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Alice Black

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  12 reviews
At eighteen, Alice escapes the grip of her clinging mother and leaves Queens with a Columbia law student and four others to live primitively in rural West Virginia. Called back home by her ailing mother, she seeks answers to why her father disappeared. Her mother takes the secret to her grave. Alice is ready to move on until a visit from a plain clothes detective and ...more
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published May 31st 2019
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Patricia Hopper
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice Black is about a naive New York girl who comes from a family with a missing father and an unstable mother. With no family guidance, she meets a law student from Columbia who is rebelling against following in his fathers footsteps. He decides to shrug aside his New York shackles for rural life in Appalachia along with some friends and he invites Alice to join him on this adventure. With nothing much to look forward to after graduating high school, she decides to take her chances with this ...more
Anneliese Grassi
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very unique

I really enjoyed this book from the subject, to the characters, to the writing style, the whole package. The characters were relatable and they almost felt like friends, or people that I would become friends with. Her life is nothing short of interesting. A troubled childhood leads her to move away with a group to live on a farm and off the land with nothing - no running water, no electricity, a run down house, and just the clothes they brought with them. Eventually, she leaves and
Csimplot Simplot
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first few chapters started out slow then picked up. Turnout to be a good read.
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Billy Buttons
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
24th October 2019

Star Rating: 5

An insightfully written, character-led story. Highly recommended. The Wishing Shelf

This wonderfully sweet story by J. Schlenker follows Alice, a New York girl from a dysfunctional family. With her missing father very much on her mind, she sets off to rural West Virginia with a bunch of students. What follows is a delightful story of a girl trying to find stability in her life; a girl trying to
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insightful and entertaining

Displaying great insights into human motivation and thought processes, the author spends the first half of the book developing the characters. Although this makes the story seem slow at first, consisting mostly of internal dialogue in the minds of the characters, it is needed to spur the dialogue between the characters in the second half of the book. There are no contrived plot twists, making the veracity of the story that much more believable. This story could have
Anne Carmichael
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life persisted in getting in my way while reading this new book by J. Schlenker. I loved all her other books, but between time constraints and personal distractions, I admit that I found the first few chapters a bit lagging. Once I made time to focus solely on the story and allow myself to step into the protagonist's mindset, however, I finished the book in one evening. Not only did I identify with certain characteristics, but I found myself on a sea of introspection as I drifted along on her ...more
Gloria Grossi
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is slow-paced; however, the story was interesting enough to persuade a reader to keep reading. The author did well to add some elements that would keep the reader interested in finding out what the story has to offer. The story was about a young lady from a dysfunctional home. She struggled through life with the hopes of finding better days. Her greatest desire was to have the questions about her family answered.

The Story of Alice Black did not sound too artificial to me. I don't know
Sandra Reynolds
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First book I have read by this author but certainly won't be the last. Unique story of unusual circumstances that are cleverly put together to create what seems like a fairly normal life for the characters. Definitely belongs on your must read list.
Melissa Woods
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book includes a charming cast of characters, and really is all around feel-good literary fiction. I love the way Schlenker brings both the characters and setting to life. There were scenes when I laughed out loud!
Anji Ison
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: winner-s-circle
I won a free copy of this wonderful book, thanks to Ms. Schlenker!!! I'll start with do not start this book if you have plans!! Ms. J, wrote this in a way that keeps you curious. The main character, Alice Black, is a likable character. As the book progresses we're introduced to more characters but each character rubs off on Alice in different ways. I will be recommending this novel to others and I think it would be great for a group discussion!!
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J. Schlenker, a late blooming author, lives with her husband out in the splendid center of nowhere in the foothills of Appalachia where the only thing to disturb her writing is croaking frogs and the occasional sounds of hay being cut in the fields. Her first novel, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, published in December 2015, was selected as a finalist in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative ...more

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