bizarre paeans

Block, Francesca Lia

“The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school,” begins Weetzie Bat (1989), the first in this Los Angeles novelist’s remarkable series of beautiful and bizarre paeans to growing up weird on the West Coast, “was because no one understood.

They didn’t even know where they were living.” Weetzie lives in a fairy-tale L.A. in which commodities and fetish objects cohabitate shamelessly–a lyrical land of sunshine and shamanism. Block’s four Weetzie Bat novels address adolescent fears and passions with a sassy brand of magical realism and private language.

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