Paint It Black

Paint It Black

eBook - 2006
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"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
Publisher: [S.I.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2006.
ISBN: 9780316135726
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sgcf
Feb 18, 2018

Although there are several characters in this psychodrama of grief and love, the main story is the protagonist’s inner dialogue as she submerges into grief. I felt there was much repetition as she grappled with emerging secrets and lies, but Fitch handled the plot dynamics between protagonist and her almost-mother-in-law antagonist energetically. The beautifully rich imagery and prose that marked Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander, is here in spades …too much so.

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sbryant124
Apr 07, 2015

The writing was lush and poetic, but the story and characters were just so awful.

art1130 Feb 18, 2012

this book took me along time to finish. I put it down several times but once i got past the first 200 pages it was very enjoyable. Had a great ending with screaming ideas of incestry.

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jenoertli
Aug 13, 2011

A great book, if you loved Janet Fitch's White Oleander, you will get sucked up in this book! I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended read!

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