“In this lyrical and haunting meditation on the craft of writing, Block… cracks open her psyche and lays it bare in the hopes of inspiring other storytellers-to-be. Wise and inspiring, this is a must-read for artists of all stripes.”~Booklist **starred** review

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“Francesca Lia Block is a bright, golden thread in the literary landscape of Los Angeles. I have looked to her novels as inspiration for myself as a writer; she is a wizard of metaphor and imagery while at the same time deftly constructing stories that compel a reader forward. Francesca's work stares unblinkingly into the face of human complexity, of suffering as well as love and joy. She's a master (mistress?) of the craft. Would that my muse give me half the talent she has.”~ Samantha Dunn Camp, author of Failing Paris

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"The late great Diana Wynne Jones would approve of Lia Block's The Elementals, a hypnotic account of a girl's first years in college following the disappearance of her best friend on a school trip and the diagnosis of her mother's cancer. As a portrait of a troubled and impressionable girl, Ariel Silverman shimmers in the very air between page and eyelashes. Tam Lin meets the tabloids." ~ Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz

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"Quakeland takes a number of risks. Some are stylistic, some structural, some tied up in character and content. For its characters, for Katrina’s story, Quakeland is not to be missed." ~ San Francisco Chronicle

"Quakeland is ultimately a novel about the prevailing spirit of female love." ~ ForeWord magazine

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“Women weaned on ... Block’s ...fairy-tale fantasy and Hollywood glitz will fall under the spell of this grown-up romance...” ~ People

“...as irresistibly smooth and refreshing as ice cream.””~ Los Angeles Times

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"Necklace of Kisses is the most lustrous gem in the necklace of Weetzie Bat stories. I read it on the plane and had to hide my tears from the woman seated next to me."
~ John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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TIME Magazine's The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time

L.A. Times Bestseller

NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

Booklist's 50 Best YA Books of All Time

"Transcendent. ~ The New York Times Book Review

“A Quintessential Book of the 90’s” ~ Buzzfeed

"A poetic series of books celebrating love, art, and the imagination, all in hyper-lyrical language.... Tenderly intoxicating."~ Spin

 

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The “Most Los Angeles Books Ever”~ Buzzfeed

“One of the most original books of the last ten years.”~ The Los Angeles Times

"... Always hip without ever losing her bracing naivete, way cool without a cynical bone in her body, [Weetzie] careens across a shimmering '80s Wonderland of futuristic diners and retro-martini lounges and exotic hot dog stands that's half Hell-A and half Shangri-L.A., where love is the most dangerous angel in a city full of them." ~ Salon.com -- Five great contemporary novels about Los Angeles.

100 Must-Read Books from the '90s  ~ Book Riot

 

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“An intoxicating mix of mystery, fantasy, and romance told in…[Block’s] signature poetic style and peopled by guardian angels, witches, a goddess, and a demon.” ~ Booklist (starred review)

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"Though its cast is new and its tone considerably more somber, this intoxicating if painful work shares with Block's earlier novels a magic-tinged Los Angeles setting... Disturbing but ultimately exhilarating."~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[Block’s] characters have a deeply affecting intensity, her settings are painted with an artist's eye, and her images are bits of poetry.”~ Booklist

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“Block once again tackles the theme of love and its many variations….[She] might reach a larger audience with this book; it does not stray too far from her characteristic terrain, but is set in a more realistic neighborhood than her otherworldly Shangri-L.A.”~ School Library Journal

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"The prose sustains steady crescendos of insight."~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Unique language and characters turn a problem novel into romantic comedy in this tale of a molested Valley teenager and her sharp-tongued, pinky-sized companion.”~ School Library Journal

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"Block's writing is as lush and luminous, as hip and wise as ever." ~ Publishers Weekly

“Fans of the author's previous works will take to this one; newcomers will be captured by the rainbow iridescence of Block's prose and her hallucinatory descriptions of the darkest of teen angst and shiniest of Hollywood glitz.”~ Kirkus Reviews

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An L.A. Times bestseller

"Intoxicating... Heady... The darkness of these conflicts and subjects proves the strength of the magic [Block] describes: the transfiguring power of love."~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Block] uses language like a jeweled sword, glittering as it cuts to the heart." ~ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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"[Echo] begs not just to be read, but to be reread and savored" ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Block] is the sorceress of iridescent language."~ Kirkus Reviews

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“Riveting and brilliant, this is a must for most YA collections.”~ School Library Journal

“Far from action-packed adventures of brave heroes on perilous journeys, these contemporary retellings of Greek myths are erotic and intellectual….Vignettes of urgent free verse make for a fast read . . . . Block raises the edgy question: ‘Is beauty monstrous?’ ~ ALA Booklist

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A compendium of Echo, Psyche in A Dress and The Rose And The Beast

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A 2013 American Library Association Rainbow Award Winner

Literary-minded readers will enjoy teasing out the allusions to Homer . . . but knowledge of the classics is not a requirement to be swept up in the tatterdemalion beauty of the story’s lavish, looping language.” ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

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"Stories that radiate empathy, pithiness, and vibrant irreverence." ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"These small dazzlers explore enduring values and provide a diverting take on facets of contemporary teen culture."~ Kirkus Reviews

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“Block’s latest book… explores female sexuality with wild poetry and a sense of vulnerability….Block combines elements used in her previous books—predatory adults, threatened girls, a natural world that both harms and heals, and the terrifying, infinite power of the imagination—to create strange, evocative scenes filled with archetypal fantasy characters, L.A. teens, and sly social commentary….

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"... a tour of a tragic, dreamy LA; it's [Block's] dirty urban fables book, and it manages to be wry, apt and hot enough to light my fire…. Call these bedtime firecrackers."~ Kirkus Reviews

"... Block's tales feature her distinctive simplicity and sweetly sleazy downtown dreamers..."~ Publishers Weekly

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L.A. Times Bestseller

"... incredibly intimate and intensely spiritual. It is a unique contribution to parenting books and an important one. Block does not speak for all new mothers but shares her story in such a moving way that makes it highly readable and recommendable.”~ Book Reporter (Read entire review)

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