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Quakeland [Hardcover]

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Item description for Quakeland by Francesca Lia Block...

After enduring from afar a seemingly endless series of outside worldwide disasters - including 9/11 and the Asian tsunami - while living in earthquake-prone Los Angeles, a bereft Katrina experiences deep inner longings for some sense of permanence, meaning, and intimacy.
A pre-school teacher contemplating the unsettling challenges of her mid-life, she finds solace in the company of her dear friend, Grace, and conflict in the arms of Jasper, a narcissistic yoga instructor.
In this intertwining series of emotionally charged stories, wistful characters weave together a dance of joy and sorrow, gain and loss, dissonance and harmony.

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Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 23, 2008
Publisher   Manic D Press, Inc.
ISBN  193314923X  
ISBN13  9781933149233  

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More About Francesca Lia Block

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Francesca Lia Block is renowned for her groundbreaking literary works, including the best-selling Weetzie Bat. Her writing transports readers through the harsh landscapes of contemporary life to realms of the senses where love is a saving grace. She lives in Los Angeles. She has received numerous honors, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award, as well as citations from the American Library Association, The New York Times Book Review, and School Library Journal.

Francesca Lia Block currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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block shakes things up  Jun 17, 2008
This novel contains everything I've loved about Block's work (dreamy, color-saturated prose; insider portraits of L.A.) and some qualities I didn't expect: Not only does it take a more adult approach to relationships, but it takes a turn for the meta/experimental a little over halfway through. The narrator seems to try on different voices and different ways of retelling the story of a difficult relationship. Unlike many experimental works, though, the story remains personal and emotional. It's clear that Block and/or the narrator is telling the story not to mess around with language, but to heal. The result is a beautiful and beautifully strange work, a quick read that nevertheless encompasses the reader.
One of her most personal works   Jun 14, 2008
As a long-time Francesca Lia Block fan I'm pleased by how Quakeland contains the themes I've come to love so well, but is also a bit darker and has more realistic tones than her other works. Parts of it seem almost autobiographical (though I have no idea if any of it is based in reality) and that made it even more fascinating. I couldn't put it down!
Bitter  Jun 4, 2008
I adore Francesca Lia Block. Her language is lyrical and she manages to infuse magic and possibilities into her stories regardless of their settings. Quakeland is different. The language is still gorgeous but the story is very bitter and there isn't much hope at the end. It made me wonder if FLB has had a bad experience with a man in her personal life recently. This is about the only book of hers that I don't look forward to re-reading. If this is the first book of hers that you have read, please read one of her older novels to get a better sense of her writing.
Fails to coalesce  May 26, 2008
There are many likable things about this book--its prose style; its protagonist, who may be a psychic battered by the world or who may just be mentally ill; an antagonist whose narcissism belies his search for enlightenment; and the loving and painful and sometimes shallow and fearful nature of friendships. But this reader experienced great frustration at the sudden, confusing and unexplained changes of voice in the last section of the novel. Just at the moment when our protagonist should be processing the magnitude of her loss and the depths of her self destructive relationships, she's dumped from the story and fragmented into other viewpoints. The novel collapses into an annoying, confusing and deeply unsatisfying self indulgence on the part of the author.
a lovely lyrical wander  May 6, 2008
Lyrical and dreamlike, Quakeland follows the intertwined stories of a group of women, telling the story of another woman who was somehow central to all of their lives--Grace. This is Grace's story, though the events of the book more revolve around her than are about her. She is the missing piece at the story's heart, the personal tsunami that echoes the real tsunami that provides the starting point for the book.

I love Block's dream-naif prose, though I did have trouble connecting with Katrina and understanding why she was doing the things she was. I found the later narrators--the unnamed woman and Angeli--to be much more comprehensible, if only because they were watching the drama from the outside instead of directly living the story.

Overall, well worth picking up!

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