Paint It Black

Paint It Black

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Following the suicide of her lover, art student Michael Faraday, Josie Tyrell, an art model and teenage runaway, struggles to come to terms with his death and to deal with his mother, Meredith, who holds her responsible for the tragedy.

Blackwell North Amer
Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's rock scene, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday. A Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Michael introduces Josie to a world of sophistication she had never dreamed existed 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 all turn to black.
"What happens to a dream when the dreamer is gone?" This is the question Josie asks as she searches for the key to understanding Michael's death. And as she struggles to hold on to the true world he shared with her, she is both repelled by and attracted to Michael's pianist mother, Meredith, who holds Josie responsible for her son's torment. Joined by their grief, the two women are soon drawn into a twisted relationship that reflects equal parts distrust and blind need.

& Taylor

In the aftermath of the death of her lover, art student Michael Faraday, a Harvard dropout and the son of a famed pianist, Josie Tyrell, an art model and teenage runaway, struggles to uncover the meaning behind Michael's death and to deal with his mother, Meredith, who holds her responsible for the tragedy. Reader's Guide available.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316182744
Characteristics: 387 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 18, 2018

Although there are several characters in this psychodrama of grief and love, the main story is the protagonist’s inner dialogue as she submerges into grief. I felt there was much repetition as she grappled with emerging secrets and lies, but Fitch handled the plot dynamics between protagonist and her almost-mother-in-law antagonist energetically. The beautifully rich imagery and prose that marked Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander, is here in spades …too much so.

Apr 07, 2015

The writing was lush and poetic, but the story and characters were just so awful.

art1130 Feb 18, 2012

this book took me along time to finish. I put it down several times but once i got past the first 200 pages it was very enjoyable. Had a great ending with screaming ideas of incestry.

Aug 13, 2011

A great book, if you loved Janet Fitch's White Oleander, you will get sucked up in this book! I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended read!


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