Blood Roses

“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….

As disjointed as nightmares, the stories will startle, provoke, and fascinate many older teens, who may find reassurance in one character’s raw, closing message: “You are not fucked up. . . . Your world is fucked up . . . and you are just responding normally to its psychotic vibe.”~ ALA Booklist

“The queen of magical realism is back with a vivid collection of short stories....The vivid imagery in these short stories is memorable and powerful....unforgettable.”--VOYA

“The prose is lush as ever”~ Publisher’s Weekly


“Block is known for her fantastical, edgy, and highly feminized stories of young women, and this book fits neatly into that mold.”~ School Library Journal

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