When I was in high school I came across Weetzie Bat and fell in love with Francesca Lia Block’s novels. With the perfect combination of magic and grief, struggles and hope, it was exactly the kind of book I needed at the time. So I’m very sad to hear Block is going through such a hard time with her home:
“For close to a year, Block, author of the Weetzie Bat books for kids, has been calling and talking to various representatives at Bank of America. Some call her back, some disappear, some give one answer, some another. She says she’s underwater on the mortgage but has never missed a payment — all she wants to do is renegotiate terms and save her house. On Friday afternoon, she posted a record of her travails on Facebook and a new blog, Save Francesca’s Faerie Cottage.”
It sounds like the media attention might get Bank of America to look at her mortgage. It’s also a good reminder that there are lots of people across the country who are hardworking people and got really bad mortgages when the market was up. I can’t even imagine dealing with that and not being able to get any media attention. I hope Francesca’s campaign is able to help her family, and also to bring to light what other families are going through.