By Francine Prose

My father was once killed on 11th of September.

while 8th grader Bart Rangely is granted a ''mercy'' scholarship to an elite deepest college after his father is killed within the North Tower, doorways must have opened. as an alternative, he's terrorized and bullied through his personal mentor. So starts off the worst 12 months of his existence.

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But we didn’t want to. 31 It would have been hard to find the right group— the group made up of kids and parents whose moms or dads (or husbands or wives) had abandoned the family six months before that September. Later it occurred to me that, in any group we joined, there might have been people in our situation, or at least something like it. Why not? With so many people, so many different lives, things like that had to happen. But by the time that occurred to me, it was already too late. We’d gotten used to toughing it out, to going it alone.

It wasn’t helpful to think about Dad at that particular moment. I watched Dr. Bratton bounce up our front walk as if he were coming to sell us life insurance, or convert us to some perverted new religion. To this day, I don’t know why he came to see us instead of summoning us to his office in the heart of the heart of the castle. Maybe he wanted to observe us in our natural surroundings, maybe he wanted to see for himself the house where the half miracle, half tragedy had occurred, or maybe (and he would have been right about that, at least) he thought that Mom and I were too (as Mom said) fragile.

Then I let myself miss him a little, and until he actually got killed, I’d pretty much gotten used to missing him. It was something you could get used to, like everything else. But now I was shocked by how different this was. Because in the back of my mind I’d always secretly believed that he’d realize—he’d have to realize—that Caroline was a mindless twit, as Mom called her. And he’d get sick of how young and pretty and stupid she was. Then he’d come back, and Mom would forgive him, and we’d all be together again, with Dad and Mom bickering like before, like any normal parents.

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