|Author||Francesca Lia Block|
The book is about the tragedy of love between family, incest, and the guilt, anger, and suicide of one of the siblings. It switches narratives and persons throughout the book, bouncing between the siblings Marina and Lex, Lex's journal, and Marina's friend West. Through flashbombs of lyrical prose peppered with symbolism and mythological references the reader is given the fragmented story of this relationship, why Lex committed suicide and the tensions that have been surrounding the two since birth.
Because of the themes of incest, child abuse, drinking, and substance abuse, combined with the constant perspective switches, Wasteland is suggested for mature readers. The title comes from the T.S. Eliot poem and if a tying thread of the story, a quote near the end summing up the conclusion aptly.
- Dinitia Smith (2005-02-23). "Writing Frankly, Young-Adult Author Pushes Limits". The New York Times.
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