Paint It Black

  • by Janet Fitch
  • Narrated by Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say



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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Christine

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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- Samantha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio