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Paint It Black: A Novel | [Janet Fitch]

Paint It Black: A Novel

Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's 1980s 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 fade to black.
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Publisher's Summary

Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of L.A.'s 1980s 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 fade 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 suicide and Josie's struggle to hold on to 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 on 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.

©2006 Janet Fitch. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, Abridged, 2007

"Masterful....A page-turning psychodrama." (Publishers Weekly)
"A second lushly written, dramatically plotted novel by the author of White Oleander. Once again, the relationship between a powerful older woman and a less-sure younger one drives the story, and Fitch's Los Angeles is so real it breathes." (Atlantic Monthly)

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    Tatiana Jersey City, NJ, USA 09-30-08
    Tatiana Jersey City, NJ, USA 09-30-08
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    "Skip it"

    I agree that the narration is very bad. It is slow and boring. And this audio is abridged so it is difficult to follow. Skip it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara E Roseburg, OR, USA 05-06-07
    Barbara E Roseburg, OR, USA 05-06-07 Member Since 2005
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    "wrong reader"

    This is a good story from a fine writer but Jennifer Jason Leigh is the wrong reader. She is a great actress, so I was looking forward to this audiobook and was so diasappointed to hear her droning, flat reading that sounded like she was stoned half the time. She didn't even seem to be concentrating on the text at times, as the expression was off key, like a singer hitting the wrong note of a song. I wouldn't suggest getting this book until the library version comes out (hopefully soon). On the flip side of actress/readers Julie Roberts has an incredible voice on audio and anything read by her is a joy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 12-09-06
    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 12-09-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Disappointed"

    I purchased this book because I reallly enjoyed White Oleander and I liked the narrator Jennifer Jason Leigh.
    I was extremely disappointed by this one. I have to admit that I only go through the 2nd hour of the 6 plus hours.
    The story kept droning on and on....
    I don't not recomment this book. Unless you are someone who really enjoys a story that of a character the just goes on and on about how sad and depressed they are.....

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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 10-24-06
    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 10-24-06
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    "Not Like Her Last Book"

    I enjoyed this book, but if you liked White Oleander, don't expect this to be anything like that one. It's a dark and kinky little book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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