Paint It Black

Paint It Black Josie Tyrell art model runaway and denizen of LA s rock scene finds a chance at real love with Michael Faraday a Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist But when she receives a call from the

  • Title: Paint It Black
  • Author: Janet Fitch
  • ISBN: 9780316067140
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
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    Josie Tyrell, art model, runaway, and denizen of LA s rock scene finds a chance at real love with Michael Faraday, a Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist But when she receives a call from the coroner, asking her to identify her lover s body, her bright dreams all turn to black As Josie struggles to understand Michael s death and to hold onto the world they shareJosie Tyrell, art model, runaway, and denizen of LA s rock scene finds a chance at real love with Michael Faraday, a Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist But when she receives a call from the coroner, asking her to identify her lover s body, her bright dreams all turn to black As Josie struggles to understand Michael s death and to hold onto the world they shared, she is both attracted to and repelled by his pianist mother, Meredith, who blames Josie for her son s torment Soon the two women are drawn into a twisted relationship that reflects equal parts distrust and blind need.With the luxurious prose and fever pitch intensity that are her hallmarks, Janet Fitch weaves a spellbinding tale of love, betrayal, and the possibility of transcendence.

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    • Janet says:

      thought it was about time to add Paint it Black to my books I have read it, a few times!Still like it. The aftermath of a suicide in 1980 punk rock LA, picks up all my favorite obsessions: the artist's struggle, the war between permission and perfection in creative life, California and Los Angeles history, a young woman's search for the authentic self, the music of language, the vulnerability of soulful people in a materialistic world--and the poisonous effect of a narcissistic parent on a sensi [...]

    • Amy says:

      I guess that, in light of so many boo's and hissses, I must somehow make an apology for my 5 stars. I don't care about the story. Janet Fitch could write the evening news and I would read it. Maybe the story fell somewhat flat, maybe Josie was a little predictable, but most stories are this way & as I said before, I could care less. The use of language is so very poignant. I would read a paragraph, a chapter if I could, and stopletting the words saturate, find their mark and, time and again, [...]

    • Sara says:

      I don't care how un-rock n' roll it is to like something Oprah endorsed, White Oleander is one of my favorite books of all time. since I first read it several years ago I'd been waiting and waiting for Janet Fitch to come out with another novel. the concept for Paint It Black excited me, but in the end I wish it was way better.Fitch clearly saw what worked for her with White Oleander and chose to repeat it. Los Angeles is a character in itself in her novels, and her lyrical, description-heavy pr [...]

    • Asghar Abbas says:

      So okay, this is what you do. Here's what. Pick up this book, open it in the middle, splitting it wide. Then put your face right in there. Inhale. And Breathe in LA, as everyone in this book comes alive.Los Angeles has always been a bit animated in Fitch's stories, like an additional character and sometimes, even the main one. She enlivens her city in a way that you feel everything, every single thing in it. What her characters go through, stays with you even after there are no more pages left t [...]

    • John says:

      Many students of great literature will never touch Paint It Black, largely due to the lazy assumption that the work of any author singled out by Oprah’s Book Club best belongs in the hands of mawkish stay-at-home mothers. Fitch’s second novel is not sentimental. An artist’s suicide marks the start of the narrative, and it is refreshing how skillfully Fitch handles the tragedy. It is never treated romantically as so much art obfuscates the plain fact that death is a cold period, not an excl [...]

    • Antoinette says:

      At times the writing was lyrical. Fitch showed every aspect I admire in an author, but then it just all went to hell. Josie is worse than an ordinary narrator, she is the very definition of counter-culture. Cheap references to punk rock and substances will get you nowhere, when it comes to keeping the attention of a readers. I hate it when authors mention things casually to try and make themselves and the character seem cold, or in some way used to the ways of the world. The use of the word "Bar [...]

    • K says:

      I give up. I can't finish this book. I struggled for 175 pages, but I just can't do it any more. I expected much more from the author of "White Oleander," especially with reviewers calling it a "page-turner" (Elle Magazine, did we read the same book?) and positive quotes from The Atlantic Monthly, of all things. This reminded me of "Intuition" but much worse, in the sense that the sporadic dialogue and action are interspersed with lengthy descriptive paragraphs about the main character's inner l [...]

    • Kim says:

      This book is incredibly powerfulbut also incredibly painful to read. It follows the story of Josie Tyrell, a young woman growing up in the late 70s/early 80s and a punk model who falls in love with the intelligent, brooding (you know the type) Michael Faraday, who ends up committing suicide. The book details Josie's process of grief, and how it interacts with Meredith's, Michael's mother's process as well. The detail is incredible and takes you through everything; love, the shame and darkness of [...]

    • KAOS says:

      uggh. i loved janet fitch's WHITE OLEANDER, and now i am doubting whether my memory actually serves me right. this book is so poorly-written: 400 pages of little more than melodrama, unrealistic scenes, lame dialogue, and unresolved problems. and the sentences themselves infuriate me. here is an example of what i think fitch meant to be a powerful ending to chapter 20, to demonstrate how the main character misses her dead boyfriend:"She lay on the couch for the rest of the morning, like some cra [...]

    • J. Dru says:

      I am somewhere between 'abosultely hated it' and 'liked parts of it'. Of the many characters in this book, the already dead boyfriend and his mother are the only strong characters although they are still slightly cartoonish. The things that made this book awful are the the constant similies - Fitch couldn't describe anything without comparing it to something else. It distracted me from the story and actually made me angry. Also, I felt the language used to show how Josie was low-class and 'count [...]

    • Kate says:

      Ok. Let me start by saying I loved White Oleander. I've read it 3 or 4 times. I couldn't wait for Fitch's next book. Yes, I know. Authors aren't supposed to write the "same" book over and over again, just like bands aren't supposed to write the same album again and again. But I wasn't asking for thatI was expecting something, oh I don't know, not so repetitive? No boring? Not a stupid ending?I just "finished" this book, which is not entirely accurate since I got so tired of the endless descripti [...]

    • Katelyn says:

      I can always tell (and ultimately, begrudge) when a novel's author is trying to hard to represent a time period or a subculture in which he/she has not intimately been involved. This is how I felt about "Paint it Black".First, let me start by saying that I got this book for Christmas. It was written by Janet Finch, the author of "White Oleander"--a book I've not read and a movie I've not seen, for fear that it would be emotionally-draped drivel. I probably transferred my presuppositions about "W [...]

    • Kate says:

      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 Michael was relatable because I too struggle with perfectionism and procrastination.Josie, his girlfriend, is left to come to terms with this situation. To me she represents the authentic self and over [...]

    • Emily says:

      After "White Oleander" I fear I expected too much. This book is excellent- well written, interesting, wonderfully structured and well timed- but it reads more like a first novel than "White Oleander" did. The story of a a young art model and indie actress (think Edie Sedgwick minus The Factory and the big budget from homed minus Andy, too) who loses her lover in a moment of tragedy, "Paint It Black" is elegant and raw, just like Fitch's debut, but it doesn't have the same developed style. It has [...]

    • Tracie Yule says:

      I hated this book. It was such a huge disappointment. I loved White Oleander and this book was such a far car from White Oleander. The main reason I didn't like it was due to the main character, Josie. She wasn't likable, she wasn't all that interesting and if she gets interestingI wouldn't know because half way through the book, I quit. If you can't get to the point by the half-point, then I'm abandoning ship. Extremely disappointing novel. Another thing, I couldn't figure out why Josie like Mi [...]

    • Nicole Aviles says:

      TBHOS BOOK REVIEWSA Review by Nicole S. Aviles"Paint it Black" by Janet Fitch“Whenever she thought she could not feel more alone, the universe peeled back another layer of darkness.” - Josie Tyrell, PIB / Janet Fitch, AuthorI have waited a long time to leave this review. I first read PIB in 2012, while I was sadly locked away in a 2 year therapeutic recovery program. I say this because PIB is exactly what you'd want to read while facing such depressing circumstances. PIB is beautifully wri [...]

    • Kelly V says:

      I was nervous reading Paint it Black because I didn't want to be let down, as Fitch's previous novel, White Oleander, remains one of my favorite books. Although I don't think Paint it Black is as good as White Oleander, I definitely wasn't let down. The book is a dual portrait of a young couple in LA in the early 1980s, where Josie is the narrator and Michael has just committed suicide. Josie tells her story while she reminisces about him. Of course she struggles with his death and tries to unde [...]

    • Megan Baxter says:

      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 sentimental. And this book had that.And more than that, it had a main character who was grieving who wasn't someone we would often see as deserving of grief, as if grief is something that can be deser [...]

    • Jill says:

      In some ways, this book is like one of those display cakes in the windows of fancy bakeries. Lush, intricate, stunningly beautiful. Stylish swirls; painstakingly-handcrafted characters; pale, but vibrant. You want to eat it up, all of it, but you know you should hold back, if only because it's a work of art.But.In other ways, this book is a half-finished drink at the seediest bar in town. Incomplete, dirty, honest. You look down at the liquid and your face reflects back at you, and you are asham [...]

    • Mind the Book says:

      Min partner målar fasaden i nyansen 'stugröd' medan jag ligger på olika ställen runt huset och sträckläser 'Paint it Black'. En metafor i sig.Hyser noll längtan till L.A. Är inte intresserad av 80-talstillbakablickar, drogromantik och MPDG-aktiga karaktärer, så varför blir jag fullständigt fast i den här romanen? Alla som läst White Oleander förstår briljansen, mörkret och hoppet.

    • Jennifer says:

      I keep wanting to start other books instead of finish this one. I might pick it back up later but I'm putting it down for now.

    • Sandy says:

      Having really enjoyed White Oleander, I had high hopes for Paint it Black. I was disappointed. It's not that it is a bad book, I liked it well enough, but it's very drawn out and slow. A lot of Josie's thoughts were redundant and I really felt like a lot of what was written was padding that could have been taken out. There was just too much that didn't affect the storyline that, if it was removed, would have made the book far more readable. I found that certain sections would have me gobbling al [...]

    • Kathryn says:

      Well, I'll be very frank: This wasn't as good as White Oleander, which I gave five stars, hands down I had wanted to read Paint it Black for several years because I loved White Oleander so much. I was pretty excited when I finally found a copy a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if I'm just spoiled by Stephen King, whose books I've been divulging in for several months, or if it has to do with the excitement and anticipation of reading Paint it Black. Or maybe my taste in reading has changed since I re [...]

    • liz says:

      Not much of any developement in this story. Its about a punk chick whose artist boyfriend commits suicide. It was sad and depressing and never got better or worse. I was expecting so much more from this book but I felt like I just read the same thing over and over again. It was long and could have been summed up in about a quarter of its length. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen between the boyfriend's mother and the girl, but I got nothing. Both the mother and the girlfriend we [...]

    • Ana Rînceanu says:

      But that was the thing about zero. Its weakness. Even if zero had taken over the entire universe, the biggest fascist of all, one tiny gesture could deny it. One footprint, one atom. You didn't have to be a genius. You didn't even have to know that was what you were doing. You made a mark. You changed something. It said, "A human being passed here." And changed zero to one.It's writing like this that make me want to read everything Janet Fitch has ever produced.

    • Chelsea says:

      HORRIBLE---- =(Don't waste your time!!!

    • Jennifer Kreft says:

      Well, the first day after finishing this, my soul was in tatters. It's just so damn sad. But I took comfort in the fact that the main character, Josie Tyrell, was far worse off. At the beginning of "Paint It Black" she discovers that her handsome, gifted boyfriend has committed suicide. The story which follows is a grueling tournament of obstacles Josie must face in order to come to terms with this death. She must stare down her anger and examine the role she played in his despair. Appropriately [...]

    • Deanna says:

      I tried and I tired but I just could not continue to read this book. I'm not sure what the problem was. I did catch a nasty virus after starting this book, and had to take a few days off from reading it due to the fact that I could barely sit up for more than 5 minutes at a time, let alone keep my eyes open long enough to read a page! So maybe that had something to do with it? I don't know.I do know that I became very bored with the boo-hooing over the lost boyfriend. I was nearly half way throu [...]

    • Louise says:

      I'm surprised that so many people hated this book. True, it took me AGES to get into it, and at first it does seem quite slow and I was a bit disappointed, but then I read it all in one go (literally - I read it around xmas and I had to do a lot of travelling), and I ended up by actually liking it. Not loving it, but I didn't hate it. I thought the characters were interesting. Well, not the main one, really, and I thought Michael was bit of a pissant - but Meredith was a pretty good character. I [...]

    • Bethany says:

      Because of my love for White Oleander I automatically went for this title. It is a much grittier story than Oleander, but equally powerful. It follows the life of the main character, Josie, who is a struggling to make a life as an actress in LA. Hailing from the trailer parks of Bakersfield, CA, Josie never really received much support to make something of herself, so when she became the object of affection of the rich, spoiled Michael Faraday - son of a renowned concert pianist and travel write [...]

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