Paint It Black by Janet Fitch
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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 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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About Janet Fitch

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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.
Published September 1, 2006 by Little, Brown and Company. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Yet it wallows in self-pity and indignation, even in the climactic pages, where Josie believes she knows Meredith’s real secret, returns to that motel and acknowledges the truth about Michael, which she has unsuccessfully repressed: “He loved me, but he hated himself more.” Vivid writing here and...

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With great reluctance, Josie reunites with Michael's mother Meredith, and the two forge an uneasy relationship as they delve into their common bond: their love for Michael.

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Fitch's first book since her bestselling White Oleander is a moving tale of grief set in early-'80s Los Angeles.

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Nina Revoyr Minneapolis Star Tribune 4 of 5 Stars "With Fitch’s typical aplomb, Paint It Black brings to life personal tragedy with the sort of bold, cinematic precision that her devotees have come to expect, re-creating the punk rock scene of 1980s Los Angeles so vividly that readers can al...

Aug 22 2007 | Read Full Review of Paint It Black: A Novel


If your lover ended their life, would you feel you had ever really known them?

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