Sunday, August 28th at 5:00 p.m.
Tom Lutz brings us another splendid edition of “Tom’s Book Club” with the extraordinary Janet Fitch and her novel Paint it Black. Set in the punk-art scene confluence of 1980’s Los Angeles, Fitch’s tale gives us a teen runaway walking the edge of destruction as she grapples with the unusual mother of her new love in the wake of her lover’s mysterious death. Absorb the brushstrokes of Janet Fitch’s canvas with us on Sunday, August 28th at 5:00 pm reading, talk, and q& a with signing to follow. Register here on Eventbrite for this FREE event.
Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA,’s 1980 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 turn to black. 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 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.
Janet Fitch‘s first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. A native of Los Angeles, Fitch currently teaches fiction writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.