“[Francesca Lia] Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Block] uses language like a jeweled sword glittering as it cuts to the heart.”—Kirkus Reviews
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 preschool 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 a narcissistic yoga instructor, Jasper.
In this intertwining series of emotionally charged stories, wistful characters weave together a dance of joy and sorrow, gain and loss, harmony and dissonance. Beautifully written, Quakeland speaks in a deeply stirring female voice to an unspoken sense of universal longing that seems quietly prevalent in these times. It is a brave, poetic work that acknowledges the pain and loss we live with every day, and offers hope—through art and through connection—of something more.
Francesca Lia Block is renowned for her groundbreaking novels and stories, including the best-selling Weetzie Bat—postmodern, magic-realist tales for all ages. Her work transports readers through the harsh landscapes of contemporary life to magic realms of the senses where love is always a saving grace. She lives in Los Angeles.
"For its characters, for Katrina’s story, Quakeland is not to be missed." – San Francisco Chronicle
"Quakeland is ultimately a novel about the prevailing spirit of female love." – ForeWord magazine
"Readers who enjoy metafiction or other experimental works will appreciate the liberties Block takes with narrative voice and marvel at her interpolation of dreams, reality, fact, and fiction." – Library Journal
- Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement