Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block

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When you were a baby I sat very still to hold you. I could see the veins through your skin like a map to inside you. I stopped breathing so you wouldn't ... You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a kaleidoscope is a tube full of bits of broken glass. But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows and insects and planets, magical dividing cells, pictures no one else knew ... Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it.


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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 francescaliablock.com.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins. 168 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Fiction

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Through hints, whispers and delicate shudders, the glittering, fragmented narration—told mostly by Marina, but also by West and even by the deceased Lex—moves back and forth through time, gradually revealing the central incident that drives the novel's action: the evening the siblings strayed int...

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In a starred review, PW called this novel "a picture-perfect vision of mid-1970s Los Angeles, shimmering with magical realism and delicately overlaid with allusions to T.S.

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Francesca Lia Block is best known for her Weetzie Bat series, but my friend Adriana (check out her Examiner articles here) recommended some of her lesser-known work, including the trim and atmospheric Wasteland.

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Lex is obsessively protective of his baby sister, and Marina finds herself dressing and acting like Lex to ensure his acceptance of her.

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