Wednesday, May 13, 2009 By: Suzanne

Audio: Paint it Black by Janet Fitch

Paint It Black is by the author of White Oleander. For those of you that read and loved it, check this one out. It's amazing. For those of you that only saw the movie: GO READ THE BOOK!

From the box:
Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's 1980 punk 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 beauty that shines through everyday experience. But when she received a call from the LA County coroner, asking her to identify her lover's dead body, her bright dreams all turn black.

The story opens as Josie is remembering the last time she saw Michael, and wondering why he isn't answering his phone. She knows he went away for a few days, but she is still expecting to be able to talk to him. When she gets the call to come to the coroner's office, everything she thought she knew about her relationship begins to unravel. Actually, everything she tried to make herself believe begins to unravel to the reality that she did not want to face. Josie realizes she must learn to live in a world without Michael and she must find out who she is without him to define her. Josie's self discovery in the aftermath of Michael's death, is in some ways similar to Astrid's journey in White Oleander. I am very attracted to screwed up female characters who are strong in the face of their own issues and the crazy world around them. I was riveted throughout the telling of this story and am only sad that I listened to an abridged version of it. I feel now that I HAVE to get the actual book and read the whole thing. Why, oh why, do they abridge audiobooks? Would it be so difficult to record the whole book?


tea said...

Hi Tonya,

I posted my link back to you. I want to read "Paint it Black" by Janet Fitch. I bet hearing it is something else too.