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Necklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block
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Oct 14, 2011

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bookshelves: north-america, fiction, series, usa, young-adult, california, read-in-2011
Read from October 07 to 11, 2011

Weetzie Bat is back, now a woman pushing forty who, while questioning her relationship with her Secret Agent Lover Man (now just plain old Max), takes some time to herself in a mysterious pink hotel filled with equally enchanting and mystical creatures. In Necklace of Kisses much of Block's trademark dreamy lyricism is absent, but an eye for strong mythological imagery, combined with pop cultural awareness and sensuous prose make it a valid addition to the Weetzie canon.

Yes, Weetzie is a woman entirely obsessed with her own wardrobe - to the point where the theft of a suitcase of clothes is situated as a major personal loss. Okay, maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's the chance to revisit familiar (and much loved) characters, but I'm willing to forgive this superficiality here. The secondary characters, the inhabitants of the Pink Hotel, work as wonderful metaphors for Los Angeles but they're never quite fully explored; much of the focus is on Weetzie and I fear that she is probably the least interesting of the bunch.

Though I'm not entirely convinced that Block's magic realist style is as applicable to middle age as it is to adolescent dramas, Necklace of Kisses is a charming read for those already enamoured with Weetzie and her merry gang of gorgeous misfits.

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