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Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books (Weetzie Bat Books)by Francesca Lia Block
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Love is a dangerous angel...Francesca Lia Block's luminous saga of interwoven lives will send the senses into wild overdrive. These post-modern fairy tales chronicle the thin line between fear and desire, pain and pleasure, cutting loose and holding on in a world where everyone is vulnerable to the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.
"Ms. Block's far-ranging free association has been controlled and shaped...with sensual characters. The language is inventive Californian hip, but the patterns are compactly folkloristic and the theme is transcendent." The New York Times Book Review
"Magic is everywhere in Block's lyrical and resonant fables....At once modern and mythic, her series deserves as much space as it can command of daydream nation's shrinking bookshelves." The Village Voice
"Block's extravagantly imaginative setting and finely honed perspectives remind the reader that there is magic everywhere." Publishers Weekly
"A poetic series of books celebrating love, art, and the imagination, all in hyper-lyrical language....Tenderly intoxicating." Spin
"Block is a cutting-edge young adult author....She writes gay-lesbians as characters rather than poster children. Books such as these can help bridge the feelings of isolation that some young adults may be experiencing." Susie Wilde, Children's Literature
"Transcendent." New York Times Book Review
About The Book:
Dangerous Angels brings together in one volume all five of Francesca Lia Block's celebrated novels about Weetzie Bat and her nontraditional L.A. family of musicians and filmmakers. Populated by fascinating characters, filled with the magic, and occasional misery of the creative life and enriched by themes of the redemptive power of love, respect for the natural world, and the universal search for self-identity, the Weetzie Bat books are modern classics in the making.
The publication of Weetzie Bat in 1989 heralded the arrival of one of the most powerfully original voices in contemporary literature. Francesca Lia Block's marriage of gritty realism and magic in the pages of her postmodern, punk fairy tale was brilliantly innovative. At the same time, her celebration of love in all of its varieties — both heterosexual and homosexual — and the expression it finds in nontraditional or blended families invited controversy among critics but attracted the passionate devotion of readers everywhere. In the books that followed, Witch Baby (1991), Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys (1992), Missing Angel Juan (1993), and Baby Be-Bop (1995) Block enriched readers' understanding of her characters, of the intertwining of love and magic, and of the conflict between light and darkness in contemporary life. Block's wonderfully lyrical writing style matches the authentic sweetness and fundamental innocence of her sensibility and that of her characters. Because of the vividness she brings to her California settings, Los Angeles is as lively a character as Weetzie Bat herself. Block is sometimes described as a regional writer. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, her characters' search for love, self expression, and personal identity is equally indigenous to the concrete canyons of New York and the wheat fields of the Great Plains, as it is to Hollywood or Weetzie's flower bedecked home in Laurel Canyon.
Questions For Discussion: The title of this book comes from a quote from Weetzie Bat: Love is a dangerous angel, Dirk said. p. 11 What does Dirk mean by this? How would you apply this quote to the four other Weetzie Bat books?
About The Author:
Francesca Lia Block, nurtured by a painter/filmmaker father and a poet mother, wrote most of her first novel, "Weetzie Bat, while she was studying at the University of California Berkley. Since then, Block has written four Weetzie sequels— "Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and "Baby Be Bop. Like Weetzie, all have received high praise and prestigious awards. Ms. Block is also the author of "The Hanged Man, Girl Goddess #9, and "I Was a TeenageFairy. Francesca Lia Block lives in Los Angeles, California.
What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day theres no one left to help you get it back on track?
Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; shes the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he cant deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what shes done.
Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Morachos whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love—and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.
About the Author
Francesca Lia Block is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestsellers: Guarding the Moon, The Rose and the Beast, Violet & Claire, and Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, as well as I Was a Teenage Fairy, Girl Goddess #9, The Hanged Man, Echo, and Nymph. Her work has been translated into seven languages. She lives in Los Angeles.
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