Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Paint it Black

This is the story of Josie Tyrell, an art school model and teenage runaway who is deeply in love with Michael, the son of a famous pianist. The two have an intense love until Michael commits suicide and leaves Josie to dig deep into the life of the man she thought she knew. Deep, I know. It's heavy. If you are not in the mood for a serious book then read something funny and come back to this one. I read it after finishing The Mercy of Thin Air and thought...a book where someone dies again?

Paint it Black takes place in 1980, during the punk rock days of Los Angeles. What an awesome backdrop for a novel and Janet nails it with the details of both Los Angeles and the punk scene. Or at least what I imagine it to have been.

“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 death, and Josie’s struggle to hold on to the true world he had shared with her. Compounding her grief and rage is Michael’s pianist mother, Meredith Loewy, who returns to her native city with the news of her only son’s death. Despite a fierce mutual enmity, the two women find themselves drawn into an eerie relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need.

You can learn more about this book on Janet's website which I am linking to right here. I am wondering why it took so long for her to come out with another novel after the huge success of White Oleander....?

Paint it Black didn't tug at my heart the way White Oleander did, but if you want to read an excellent novel that will put you in another time and place-- a dark time and place-- then you should absolutely crack this book open. To be enjoyed with the music of the Germs and the Cramps.


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