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From the bestselling author of White Oleander, a powerful story of passion, first love, and a young woman's search for a true world in the aftermath of loss.

Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's 1980 punk rock scene, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday. A Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Michael introduces her to his spiritual quest and a world of sophistication she had never dreamed existed. But when she receives a call from the Los Angeles County Coroner, asking her to identify her lover's dead body, her bright dreams all turn to black.

"What happens to a dream when the dreamer is gone?" is the central question of Paint it Black, the story of the aftermath of Michael's death, and Josie's struggle to hold onto the true world he shared with her. As Josie searches for the key to understanding his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to Michael's pianist mother, Meredith, who holds Josie responsible for her son's torment. Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a twisted relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need.

Passionate, wounded, fiercely alive, Josie Tyrell walks the brink of her own destruction as she fights to discover the meaning of Michael's death. With the luxurious prose and emotional intensity that are her hallmarks, Janet Fitch has written a spellbinding new novel about love, betrayal, and the possibility of transcendence.

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"It has been more than four decades since Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique' was first published, but we still love those Cinderella-like fairy tales of pretty women from the wrong side of the tracks who, in the end, find their handsome princes. Library shelves groan beneath the weight of books with that plot, and the shell of the story provides steady material for the shopping mall multiplex.

... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Bereavement, alienation and survivor's anger are the legacy bequeathed to the stunned protagonist of Californian Fitch's somber second novel." Kirkus Reviews

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"Suspenseful, compelling, and superbly crafted, this work shows Fitch once again taking the art of writing to its highest level." Library Journal

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"389 pages about suicidal fallout isn't beach fare. But Fitch's beautiful prose and emotional insight let in enough light to make the journey worthwhile." Oregonian

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"Some of the best writing is in the last few chapters, a deft blend of suspenseful on-the-road storytelling, dramatic revelation, and sharp psychological insight." Boston Globe

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"Janet Fitch has created a dark, crooked beauty that fulfills all the promise of White Oleander and confirms that she too is an artist of the very highest order." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of White Oleander comes a powerful story of passion, first love, and a young woman's search for a true world in the aftermath of loss.

Synopsis:

"A dark, crooked beauty that fulfills all the promise of White Oleander and confirms that Janet Fitch is an artist of the very highest order."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Josie Tyrell, art model, runaway, and denizen of LA's rock scene finds a chance at real love with Michael Faraday, a Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist. But when she receives a call from the coroner, asking her to identify her lover's body, her bright dreams all turn to black.

As Josie struggles to understand Michael's death and to hold onto the world they shared, she is both attracted to and repelled by his pianist mother, Meredith, who blames Josie for her son's torment. Soon the two women are drawn into a twisted relationship that reflects equal parts distrust and blind need.

With the luxurious prose and fever pitch intensity that are her hallmarks, Janet Fitch weaves a spellbinding tale of love, betrayal, and the possibility of transcendence.

"Lushly written, dramatically plotted. . . Fitch's Los Angeles is so real it breathes." -Atlantic Monthly

"There is nothing less than a stellar sentence in this novel. Fitch's emotional honesty recalls the work of Joyce Carol Oates, her strychnine sentences the prose of Paula Fox." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A page-turning psychodrama. . . . Fitch's prose penetrates the inner lives of [her characters] with immediacy and bite." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fitch wonderfully captures the abrasive appeal of punk music, the bohemian, sometimes squalid lifestyle, the performers, the drugs, the alienation. This is crackling fresh stuff you don't read every day." -USA Today

"In dysfunctional family narratives, Fitch is to fiction what Eugene O'Neill is to drama." -Chicago Sun-Times

"Riveting. . . . An uncommonly accomplished page-turner." -Elle

About the Author

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. A native of Los Angeles, Fitch currently teaches fictionwriting in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

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Sophia Aguinaga, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Sophia Aguinaga)
I was blown away by the darkness of Paint It Black. Identifying with the inability to let things go, even after they are far dead and gone, is something I identified with. At first it sets in with the depression, but she even tried holding on through his mother. Their relationship's twists and turns left me with knots in my stomach, but it showed how truly perverse attempting to live in the past can become. Although the book felt lengthy at times, slightly repetitive, it was also very accurate in that same context. When trying to let go, you're spun in circles, the same thought patterns popping up again and again and attempting to find an avenue of release from any possible source, and that was depicted perfectly in this story. I appreciated the final release at the end of the tale. Beautiful story.
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achumz18, November 5, 2007 (view all comments by achumz18)
The writing made me feel like I was actually involved in the situations. So much emotion surfaces while you read this novel. Janet Fitch writes with amazing detail and metaphors so I end up trapped inside what I'm reading. I'd recommend this to anyone who has ever felt depressed or down; after reading this, you'll feel stronger than ever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316067140
Author:
Fitch, Janet
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
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Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.26x5.58x1.19 in. .88 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316067140 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bereavement, alienation and survivor's anger are the legacy bequeathed to the stunned protagonist of Californian Fitch's somber second novel."
"Review" by , "Suspenseful, compelling, and superbly crafted, this work shows Fitch once again taking the art of writing to its highest level."
"Review" by , "389 pages about suicidal fallout isn't beach fare. But Fitch's beautiful prose and emotional insight let in enough light to make the journey worthwhile."
"Review" by , "Some of the best writing is in the last few chapters, a deft blend of suspenseful on-the-road storytelling, dramatic revelation, and sharp psychological insight."
"Review" by , "Janet Fitch has created a dark, crooked beauty that fulfills all the promise of White Oleander and confirms that she too is an artist of the very highest order."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of White Oleander comes a powerful story of passion, first love, and a young woman's search for a true world in the aftermath of loss.
"Synopsis" by , "A dark, crooked beauty that fulfills all the promise of White Oleander and confirms that Janet Fitch is an artist of the very highest order."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Josie Tyrell, art model, runaway, and denizen of LA's rock scene finds a chance at real love with Michael Faraday, a Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist. But when she receives a call from the coroner, asking her to identify her lover's body, her bright dreams all turn to black.

As Josie struggles to understand Michael's death and to hold onto the world they shared, she is both attracted to and repelled by his pianist mother, Meredith, who blames Josie for her son's torment. Soon the two women are drawn into a twisted relationship that reflects equal parts distrust and blind need.

With the luxurious prose and fever pitch intensity that are her hallmarks, Janet Fitch weaves a spellbinding tale of love, betrayal, and the possibility of transcendence.

"Lushly written, dramatically plotted. . . Fitch's Los Angeles is so real it breathes." -Atlantic Monthly

"There is nothing less than a stellar sentence in this novel. Fitch's emotional honesty recalls the work of Joyce Carol Oates, her strychnine sentences the prose of Paula Fox." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A page-turning psychodrama. . . . Fitch's prose penetrates the inner lives of [her characters] with immediacy and bite." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fitch wonderfully captures the abrasive appeal of punk music, the bohemian, sometimes squalid lifestyle, the performers, the drugs, the alienation. This is crackling fresh stuff you don't read every day." -USA Today

"In dysfunctional family narratives, Fitch is to fiction what Eugene O'Neill is to drama." -Chicago Sun-Times

"Riveting. . . . An uncommonly accomplished page-turner." -Elle

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