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Paint It Black [Paperback]

Janet Fitch
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Book Description

7 Sep 2006

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 a world of sophistication, and to his spiritual quest for the beauty that shines through everyday experience. But when she receives a call from the Los Angeles County Coroner asking her to identify her lover's dead body, her bright dreams fade to black.

'What happens to a dream when the dreamer is gone?'. Josie finds herself drawn into a twisted relationship with Michael's pianist mother, Meredith, that reflects equal parts distrust and blind need. Passionate, wounded, fiercely alive, Josie Tyrell walks the brink of her own destruction as she fights to discover what is left of the brilliant vision of the future she and Michael once nurtured together. With the luxurious prose and fever pitch intensity that are her hallmarks, Janet Fitch has written a spellbinding new novel about love and betrayal.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860499716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860499715
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Real, layered and complex. . . Filled with sensual detail (Oprah Winfrey)

Fitch has a gift for lush prose and rich, evocative descriptions, particularly of Los Angeles . . . In Paint it Black she has created a dark, crooked beauty that fulfils all the promise of White Oleander and confirms that she is an artist of the very hig (Nina Revoyr, LA Times Book Review)

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From the bestselling author of White Oleander, comes a powerful story of first love, passion, and a young woman's search for truth in the aftermath of loss

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected 4 Jan 2008
By Alice S
I won't bore you by going into the details of the plot, but I have to say that this book was a bit of a disapointment to me. I was a big fan of Janet Fitch's previous book, "White Olleander" and expected something along the same lines. So much is true - "Paint It Black" deals with the same kind of issues of angst and adverse life circomstances for two young female protagonists, however there is very little else in common. "Paint it Black" is page after page of dispiriting angst with no clear plot visible. I must say it was an okay read - something to while away some time when I had nothing else to do - but on the whole, I don't imagine I'll be re-reading it any time soon. Let's just hope that Fitch's next book will be better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A character driven read - but ending too slow 15 Sep 2008
By Lou Ice
Paint it black is exactly the kind of book I like - it's character driven. One could argue that "nothing happens" - but in fact everything happens.

Josie Tyrell is trying to cope after her boyfriend Michael has committed suicide. It doesn't help that Michael's mother Meredith hates her. Josie Tyrell is a white trash working class girl and Michael is an upper class drop-out.

Josie doesn't only have to deal with her sorrow, but also the fact that Michael is not who she thought he was. He lived in a universe of his own. It's a very interesting comparison between low-life L.A. and the rich and famous LA.

Just like in Fitch's first book the language is rich with metaphors and witty similes.

However the book drags a bit towards the end. I felt that the novel had come to an end when Josie sort of befriends Meredith and is invited to a trip to Europe. But the author pro-longs the drama for no reason, without following up threads and tying up ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 10 May 2007
This is the first Fitch book I have read and I really enjoyed it. Though it takes place in eighties Los Angeles it has echoes of the film noir era. It is a story about loss and identity. Amazing descriptions of L.A., places, people, scenes and atmosphere. Though it is not a suspense thriller it sometimes has that feel, you keep thinking something big is going to happen. The big thing is Josie's self realization. Very absorbing book. I highly recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a strange however interesting read 8 May 2014
By bubbles
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I purchased this book as I had read white oleander by the same author and thought that was a fantastic book so I gave this a try. It's nowhere as good and I give up half way through. I just couldn't get into it.
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