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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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

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!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved every line!

The novel tells a sad and intriguing tale... but what really gets you is the prose... the beautiful language, the words that read more like poetry. Pure and real. Tragic story, beautifully told.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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In love with this book.

Second time reading. well the first time I read and this time I listened and I loved it so much it is narrated wonderfully. (:

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

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  • Christine
  • Ramsey, NJ, United States
  • 12-09-06

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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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.

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Best book ever

I love the book. It was intense, sad and amazing. I couldn’t put it down.

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Couldn't stop listening

I miss the old days when I had time to sit and read and ponder. Every so often I would find a book that would keep me up for days, hiding from the world. Paint it black is that book. I was absorbed into this world Ms. Fitch created. It was particularly interesting as an Angelino to hear about the city at the time and the characters in it. I live her writing and pace. This is the second book I have read of hers, the first being White Oleander that I actually read on paper and have kept for over a decade.

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Can I get these hours of my life back?

I got this book because I was such a fan of White Oleander... and man, was this a letdown!!!! There was no discernable storyline... just a whiny girl droning on and on and on, and occasionally some incredibly confusing interaction with another bizarre character which just adds to the mind-boggling pointlessness of this book. I finished it because I kept hopimg there would be some kind of climax or twist or POINT to this book...but instead, I finished it pissed off and annoyed. I'd like a refund for my money and my hours wasted.