Francesca Lia Block, YA Favorite Of Awesome Teenage Girls, Might Lose Her House

Save Francesca Lia Block's House!

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Before there was Twilight, before there was Harry Potter, there was Francesca Lia Block. And there were teenage girls huddled in their bedrooms under the covers with library copies of Weetzie Bat, I Was A Teenage Fairy, and Echo. Instead of reading about wizardry and Edward's weird sexual hang-ups, they were eating up lyrical prose and semi-tawdry tales of punk rockers and bohemian hipsters living in L.A. But despite publishing scores of books and generally being beloved by everyone, FLB is struggling to keep her house.

According to a letter to fans on her website, Save the Faerie Cottage, Block's home, which she purchased in 2007, is underwater--despite her good credit and payment history. Like the houses of so many Americans, the property has accrued more debt than it is worth, and foreclosure is impending, because Bank of America won't refinance. So she's asking fans to write to the bank on her behalf. From her website:

In order to avoid foreclosure, she has been trying for an entire year to get the bank to modify the existing (and incredibly unfair) interest-only loan on the property, since it has declined so much in value.

You may have heard about Obama’s plan to help people in a similar situation with Bank of America, or read various articles about this situation on the Internet (with Bank of America claiming they are trying to help their customers), so some of what follows will probably sound familiar to you. Click on the sidebar for more information, a timeline, and a direct link so that you can contact Bank of America yourself to voice your dissatisfaction with how they are treating their customer and our friend.

Publishers and bookstores may be in trouble, but when an author of over 20 books who is basically the hero of every slightly-dark 15-year-old girl is in dire straits, you know things are bad.

You can write to Bank of America here

Image of Weetzie Bat
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Price: $7.98
Publisher: HarperTeen (2004)
Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Image of The Hanged Man
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Price: $2.25
Publisher: HarperTeen (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 137 pages

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alisia from Byron, NY is reading The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt March 13, 2012 - 3:03pm

This is so sad! Bank of America is getting a lot of negative press. Who would get a loan from them now? We're planning to buy a house, sometime in the next decade, and I wouldn't even consider them for a home loan.

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies March 13, 2012 - 4:45pm

I like her stuff so much. Totally underrated writer.

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Jennifer Lowe March 13, 2012 - 8:47pm

Hanna, thanks for passing on the news, but not quite accurate: the site was started by Francesca's fans & friends--she hasn't asked anyone to do anything. But those of us concerned about her and her home and family took the initiative. Also, the idea to email Bank of America directly didn't work out, so we started a petition; anyone interested can read it here:

Thanks again for the coverage!