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Paint it Black - Janet Fitch
Paint it Black
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316182744 (0316182745)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!"
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!" rated it
4.0 Paint It Black: A Novel
This was my first Janet Fitch novel (I haven't read White Oleander yet) and even though the material was dark, I think it was a very important subject to explore.The story begins with Michael's suicide. His suicide represents the despair of not being able to meet his ideals of perfectionism. To me M...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
I have a real resistance to liking this book. I wasn't a big fan of White Oleander, and that was an Oprah book, which turns on part of my snob brain in a way that isn't particularly fair.On the other hand, I am particularly sensitive to depictions of grief these days, when they aren't saccharine or ...
Bright and Bon Vivant
Bright and Bon Vivant rated it
3.0
Janet Fitch definitely does narrative, but while the narration of White Oleander complimented its compelling plot to a tee, this time I felt like I was being pummeled with imagery and repetitive metaphor. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, especially the penultimate chapter, but had I not known, I woul...
Momma182's Reviews
Momma182's Reviews rated it
3.0 Paint it Black
When I picked this book up I really didn't think that more than half of the book was going to be about Michael's mother. Once I found that out I really didn't want to keep reading. I think I stopped for almost two years. When I picked it up again, I appreciated the book a lot more. I don't think the...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
1.0 Paint It Black: A Novel
I tried this because I liked White Oleander so much. No comparison! Paint it Black is terrible.
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