The Elementals

by Francesca Lia Block
Release date: October 16, 2012
Type: other fiction
Genres: magical realism

From a star YA author — an adult novel about a student, haunted by the disappearance of a friend, who must face the truth

The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever.

Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.

"The late great Diana Wynne Jones would approve of Lia Block's The Elementals, a hypnotic account of a girl's first years in college following the disappearance of her best friend on a school trip and the diagnosis of her mother's cancer. As a portrait of a troubled and impressionable girl, Ariel Silverman shimmers in the very air between page and eyelashes. Tam Lin meets the tabloids." — Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz
“Lia Block has supernatural literary powers, and they glow in The Elementals." — Kate Bernheimer, author of The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold
"You’re going to adore this full-length novel." — Charles De Lint
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