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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, devastate me Yes, a very emotional responsebut it was a very emotional book The poetry of the prose, the rhythmic destruction and salvation, and the almost too sappy sensitivity is saved by the honesty, vulgarity and grit of grief I loved this book I believe the use of words was above and beyond White Oleander , the story be damned.
[[ Ebook ]] ☔ 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 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 NeedWith 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 This novel burns itself to the ground faster than a clubhouse stocked with oily rags, lighter fluid and homemade firecrackers in a bone dry field Published in 2006, Paint it Black is Janet Fitch s follow up to White Oleander Talk about a hard act to follow, that novel ranks as the best L.A novel I ve read and one of the best by an American author Fitch had earned herself a victory lap, or a novel whose paragraphs weren t all jeweled and a few characters who weren t as memorably sketched as those in her debut, but this book is one FEMA needed to write a check for I stomached 100 pages before abandoning it.There are stages in discovering the novel you re reading is a disaster There s the Slow Start, where we hope the author will find the story after a dozen pages of preamble Or two dozen If she s written White Oleander, three dozen Then there s the Horse Blinders, where we stare ahead at the author s prose or table dressing and ignore the alarming things she s doing elsewhere to prevent from bolting Then there s the Post Mortem, where we scour the Internet for clues on what went wrong Did the author publish an unfinished manuscript, or write it in rehab, or write it in twenty eight days All of the above Since I wasn t enjoying the novel, I did do some research and discovered that Fitch was working on a historical novel as her follow up to White Oleander Unsatisfied with its progress, she put it aside Then she went through a long and complicated divorce Then Fitch started writing Paint it Black, which begins in Los Angeles as the city mourns the assassination of John Lennon Good looking corpses, funerals and sadness are just beginning for twenty year old Josie Tyrell, a native of Bakersfield and an art model, as she mourns the suicide of her beloved boyfriend Michael And experiences pain And mourns And attends the funeral And reminisces The Pioneer Market lot still bristled with unsold Christmas trees They had bought their own tree here, exactly twelve months ago She could see them, walking together, arm in arm, the tall rumple haired boy in the tweed jacket, collar raised against the cold, the girl in the yellow coat with the bleached hair Laughing, spying on people, guessing who they could be, making up stories The only fucking Christmas they would ever have Driving home with the tree tied to the roof of the Falcon like a dead deer, carrying it down the steep stairs They sat up all night making decorations for it, Michael twisting up an entire circus from pipe cleaners horses with bareback riders, seals with balls on their noses, elephants, and dogs in tutus The little ringmaster with his top hat and whip Twisted strings of trapeze artists, pyramids of acrobats And she made angels from Kleenex and sheep from cotton balls, and they drank eggnog with rum and danced to Piaf on the stereo. La Vie en RoseMichael wrapped all around her, his cheek pressed into her hair.Pain and memories are not a story A character experiencing pain and memories who does something is a story A comedy writer who channels her depression into the best material of her career, only to have her work suffer as she becomes a healthier, happier person would be a story Josie Tyrell is a hayseed who flees to L.A and fills her emptiness with a man I could not summon an ounce of pity for her And wherever Michael is Fuck that self centered prick for taking his girlfriend over the edge with him I couldn t take page after page of how beautiful he was and their relationship was when he dumped her in the most morbid fashion possible Wake up, darlin.Fitch knows L.A down to what Spanish language marquees in Echo Park would ve read in 1980 The writing is occasionally as gorgeous as it was throughout White Oleander But without offering her readers free Valium, this book should never have seen the light of day. 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 nopages left to read This isthan just a LA novel though, but it is LA through and through I kept expecting to run into Warpaint and Little Red Lung I am listening to them right now They are fantastical and quite fantastic I got my first surprise when I realized this book wasn t as much about the touted out LA rock scene as it was about art and artists, really And it was about wanting to be an artist regardless of clearly not being one I don t think our hot yet grounded MC went to any concerts, just one, barely Maybe What did irritate me was the main character s lovelornness I didn t doubt Josie s love for Michael I just wasn t convinced whether I should care about it She went on and on about how she killed the thing she loved It became redundant But that s how you murder something isn t it, by loving them When you do that you kill them Simple They are never the thing you imagined you liked in the first place, anyhow But then again, death of things affect everyone differently and Josie was dealing with deaths of too many things.However, Fitch had drawn this intensity that Josie had, from her personal experience That is something I can appreciate What I admire most about Josie, apart from her toughness, is that she thought she was uncultured but that didn t turn out to be the case She was refined, almost unwittingly She was intelligent in spite of herself I liked her ending Oddly enough, it was optimistic and above all, realistic OK, sure All the characters had stories, they were full of them but there wasn t a story here So I can see how this might turn off some readers There isn t a single story here Even though there were many on going ones that needed their endings Paint it Black wasn t about a Girl in a Village, it dealt heavily with loss Onething, though this book might not help you with your bereavement But it will make you feel a little less alone about your loss I feel like I should review this longer But I am not going to I ll starve you first and then overfeed you my words But know that Janet Fitch s words are my absolute favorite She is special to me for another reason Fitch introduced me to someone who was destined to be my lifelong friend You know who you are, thank you, and I love you For so many things, especially for you being you.Oh, I came across one of my favorite words in this book, so many times That was sweet Am I going to tell you what that word is Nope Read me and find out Another thing Those looking to find real women writers shouldn t look any further than Janet Fitch She can write An understatement Addendum Since this was about music and art, I ll make a playlist Of my favorite songsters and artists Music bands 1 Warpaint2 Aurora3 Bullet for my Valentine4 Little Red Lung 5 Civil Twilight6 Evanescence7 Green day8 Giorgio Moroder 9 Lauren Auilina 10 James Vincent McMorrow11 Grace12 Amy Lee 13 Chris Cornell 14 Jenny lee lindberg 15 Ramin Djawadi16 Slipknot17 30 Seconds To Mars 18 Audioslave19 System of a Down 20 Imagine Dragons21 Wintersleep 22 KONGOS 23 Fozzy 24 The Capistrano Birds 25 Nova Heart 26 Louise And The Pins 27 Of Monsters and Men 28 Sigur R s 29 Wardruna 30 The Dubliners 31 Slainte Mhath 32 The Notwist33 Ronan Hardiman34 A Tribe Called Red 35 OMNIA Como poden per sas culpas, Cantiga 166.Favorite artists Hasan Abbas1 Chiara Bautista 2 Adrian Borda 3 Miles Johnston 4 Serge Marshennikov 5 Stefan Celic 6 Charmaine Olivia 7 Terri Foss 8 Duma Arantes 9 Shehzil Malik10 Gustave Dor 11 Salvador Dal 12 Cyril Van Der Haegen 13 John Collier 14 Laura Makabresku Like my favorite girl, I saved the best one for last.15 Hailey Wait aka Piigss Because our Aurora loves her and I want my Moon.16 Andrea Kiss Artist Awesome vision 17 Magdalena Franczuk Such imaginations 18 Marta Bevacqua Photography 19 Mara Illustration Crafts 20 Bahamas Girl 21 Elena Kalis Underwater Photography 22 Dolldrums 23 Kat Irlin AKA Kat in NYC One of my favorite, favorite artists Her instagram is something else 24 Robert M Ball Beautiful Death 25 Annie Murphy Robinson.26 Emma Leone Palmer 27 Tanya Shatseva.28 Loui Jover 29 Natalia Drepina Photography.30 Darker Days Illustrations.31 The Madd Hattr Joel Santana 32 Sus Blanco photography.33 Sylvie Facon Creatrice France.34 Bozvision.35 Justin O Neal Art.36 Kiararcphotography.37 Jessyka Cheyenne Guarapuava.38 Nat Jones Art.39 Mister Caitlin Caitlin T McCormack.40 Christopher Lovell Art.41 Shana Levenson.42 iamnashnyc.43 Jana Brike.44 Deniz Kutluk dearistanbul.45 Brittany Hanks.46 Piersparello.47 Maxime Taccardi Artworks 48 Laura Woermke artist.49 Patrick Ennis Artist April 2018 50 Victoria Morphine Art love her artwork 51 Alexandra Sophie Photography.52 Linnea Strid.53 Alexandra Bochkareva Photography Codicil I know it took forever but the Paint It Black movie is finally coming out on 19 May 2017 Mark the date Directed by the always poetic and lovely Amber Tamblyn Even though I am definitely not happy about the choice for the main lead Not my Josie I feel Tamzin Merchant is better suited for the role Just my opinion Still, nonetheless I am very excited about it God, I love this book and Fitch s amazing wordlings But sometimes I do feel like an octopus being cooked in my own ink. 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 prose is her trademark in White Oleander both these characteristics were fresh and gorgeously utilized in Paint It Black, though, she really laid it on thick, coming off at times as heavy handed I felt like she was beating me over the head with her talent see how poetic my descriptions are I bet you couldn t come up with that simile I also think that a lot of the main character s voice was lost by Fitch s choice to tell the story in third person rather than in first person narrative, which she utilized so strongly in White Oleander.for all that, Paint It Black is still a compelling story I ve re read it a couple times since I initially bought it, and I enjoy it every time it s an interesting story beautifully told however, unlike White Oleander, in which even some of the most deplorable characters had sympathetic facets, I found every single character in Paint It Black to be wholly unlikeable we are continually told about how Josie, the protagonist, is from a wrong side of the tracks Bakersfield family, and that she ran away to L.A to escape from the fate of her life there however, it doesn t seem like she s doing much to escape that fate drinking, drugging, going to shows, and holding together a shoddy job, however glamourous it might seem, certainly isn t going to do much for making her a better person I feel little sympathy for her character because she just seems whiny, spineless, and resigned throughout the entire book not a strong person at all that may be realistic, but it doesn t make for a good main character her dead boyfriend, Michael, comes off to me as pretentious and lame, so no big loss there, and his mother Meredith, Josie s enemy cum guardian, is a snob whose intentions shift so much throughout the story that I have a hard time understanding why Josie would want to give her the time of day to begin with.there are things I really enjoy about this book, though I always like reading about L.A and about the 70s and 80s punk scene because they are things I m familiar with and find relatable and Fitch s storytelling style is irresistible to me, even when it gets heavy handed it s a good story with a lot of twists and turns and definitely worth reading for White Oleander fans just don t go in expecting another Astrid or Ingridyou won t find anything like them here. 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 exclamation point to a genius s life, or a harmless question that can be tossed about the mind on a drive to work The tragic and the triumphant are often mistaken, and Paint It Black helps readers see the two not as opposites, but as cross stitched seams that dash and dart through one another intersecting regularly This novel is great Many pages do not sing, and several passages are expected and fall flat like bad jokes Yet the book is great still, proving that any special novel is an intangible whole much greater than the sum of its sentences The protagonist is mired in grief throughout the entirety of the book, and Fitch carefully exposes the sincerity of this young woman who believes in a true world but does not know how to begin prayers that presuppose such belief In Paint It Black, there are no grand pronouncements of redemption There are no turgid truths pushed forward by lofty language In part through the broken english of a Mexican maid, Fitch delivers terse revelations on love, beauty, and will that many texts in the canon of great literature promise to teach in word with the lesson lost in its advertisement. 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 Barbiturates was terrible The book was hard to get through Thought processes were explained way too often It was as though Fitch was describing a really good idea that she just wasn t sure how to write This book could have been much shorter, had the writing been focused and relevant Yes, we realize Josie is having trouble accepting the death of her lover, but can something actually happen Though it was full of mental anguish, very little of it was interesting I regret finished this novel, but at times it was very enjoyable I actually don t know how I feel about it READER BEWARE this is not a great read I didn t pick up the book feeling inspired, satisfied, happy, sad, or any other useful feeling I mostly just felt a little disappointed That said, I am glad I read it Enjoy I give up I can t finish this book I struggled for 175 pages, but I just can t do it anyI expected muchfrom 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 life, as opposed to writing a punchy novel where the reader can intuit all that With all that description, I felt that Fitch failed to give her main character any personality no, extensive cursing does not qualify as characterization nor do annoying speech habits like calling vodka and cigarettes voddy and ciggies I understood that she wanted to depict the character s mourning in its full, raw sense, but I think she went too far with all the drinking, tearfulness, and inner dialogue, the book was way slow and very depressing with no hint at eventual redemption. 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 mental illness, the incredible grief and pain associated with losing a loved one You won t be able to help associating it with your own life experiences A must readjust make sure you re up for the sadness. 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 littlethan 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 crazy girl in a locked ward crying and masturbating all the day long really REALLY THAT S supposed to be good All the day long For real And where s the second comma i am annoyed that i finished it the ending is just as stupid as the above paragraph i didn t buy these characters, much less care about them it was supposed to take place in 1980s punk rock LA art scene and felt totally inauthentic, as were the uneducated white trash 20 year old punk rock girl s extensive knowledge of french literature and classical music SIGH sucked.