The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block

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After the death of her father, Laurel is haunted by a legacy of family secrets, hidden shame, and shattered glass. Immersing herself in the heady rhythms of a city that is like something wild, caged, and pacing, Laurel tries to lose herself. But when she runs away from the past, she discovers a passion so powerful, it brings her roundabout and face-to-face with the demons she wants to avoid.

In a stunning departure from her enormously popular Weetzie Bat books, Francesca Lia Block weaves a darkly exhilarating tale of shattered passions and family secrets.


About Francesca Lia Block

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Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales and Secrets, and the adult novel The Elementals. Her work has been translated and published around the world. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children.  Learn about her books and writing classes at
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperTeen. 137 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Laurel's California world is anything but mundane--the book is constructed around a tarot reading and includes psychic phenomena--but Block (Missing Angel Juan, 1993, etc.) keeps readers at arm's length with a pale cast and Laurel's indifferent first-person narration.

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With Jack's aid, Laurel slowly acknowledges and transcends torturous family secrets: her father's sexual abuse of her and her mother's silent complicity.

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""Block's novel is structured upon the conventions of a tarot reading, adding another layer of meaning and mystery to the hypnotic prose,"" said PW's starred review of this tale of a girl grappling with her abusive father's death.

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