Paint It Black In Paint It Black , the follow-up to her smash debut, 1999's Oprah-anointed best-seller White Oleander , Janet Fitch goes into L.A.'s early-'80s drug-soaked punk-rock… Paint It Black In Paint It Black , the follow-up to her smash debut, 1999's Oprah-anointed best-seller White Oleander , Janet Fitch goes into L.A.'s early-'80s drug-soaked punk-rock… 2006-09-18 Fiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

Paint It Black (2006)

DEATH MEDDLE A grieving girlfriend and mom slam up against each other and the '80s L.A. punk scene in Fitch's second novel
DEATH MEDDLE A grieving girlfriend and mom slam up against each other and the '80s L.A. punk scene in Fitch's second novel
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 18, 2006; Writer: Janet Fitch; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

In Paint It Black, the follow-up to her smash debut, 1999's Oprah-anointed best-seller White Oleander, Janet Fitch goes into L.A.'s early-'80s drug-soaked punk-rock scene. Josie is a run-down, bleach-blond art school model, reeling from her painter boyfriend's suicide: ''How precarious life seemed. You were only tethered to it by a hair, and all these people sawing away at it.'' Her partner in grief, and a more interesting character, is her boyfriend's viciously narcissistic mom, a famous pianist. The two lash at each other's jugulars, their shared misery both a balm and a repellent. Would that Fitch had left the little punk to her vodka and speed, and zeroed in on the wicked older woman.

Originally posted Sep 15, 2006 Published in issue #898 Sep 22, 2006 Order article reprints
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