Paint It Black: A Novel by Janet FitchPaint It Black: A Novel by Janet Fitch

Paint It Black: A Novel

byJanet FitchAs told byJanet Fitch

Paperback | October 3, 2007

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"A dark, crooked beauty that fulfills all the promise ofWhite Oleanderand 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<_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Los Angelesis 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." -<_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">USAToday

"In dysfunctional family narratives, Fitch is to fiction what Eugene O'Neill is to drama." -<_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">ChicagoSun-Times

"Riveting. . . . An uncommonly accomplished page-turner." -Elle
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 fiction writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
Title:Paint It Black: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 3, 2007Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316067148

ISBN - 13:9780316067140

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really well written! I think this book deserves to be more well known than it is. I couldn't put it down once I started it. Beautifully written and great if you like books with dark subject matter. I wish Janet Fitch would come out with more.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh So disappointing after white oleander. It was okay, but I agree with the other reviewers who said it was repetitive. I felt like I was rereading the same idea over and over again. "Michael was here, now he's not. And he will never be again." "We used to do this together, now we never will again. Because he's dead." I found the ending weak as well.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painfully beautiful Incredibly moving, beautiful, and dark. Much like White Oleander the characters are all infinitely complex. Josie's struggle and need for beauty in the face of encroaching darkness is a must read. Fitch has the most perfect diction I have ever encountered. Her books are like living entities and will absolutely leave you entranced long after you've put them down.
Date published: 2008-01-19