Now a major film directed by Amber Tamblyn starring Alia Shawkat and Janet McTeer
'Janet Fitch writes the way women think in a way that is so different and poetic and brutal' Amber Tamblyn, Fast Company
'Real . . . filled with sensual detail' Oprah Winfrey
'Amy Poehler had given me the book . . . and said, "You should just read this, it's amazing" And I did, and I was so blown away' Amber Tamblyn, WWD
A young woman's search for truth in the aftermath of loss.
Josie Tyrell, artists' model, teen runaway, at home in LA's punk rock scene, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday. A Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Micheal takes her into his sophisticated world. But then comes a call from the Los Angeles County Corner asking her to identify her lover's dead body.
Passionate, wounded, fiercely alive, Josie walks the brink of her own destruction as she fights to discover what is left of the brilliant future she and Michael had dreamed.
Fitch follows her bestselling debut, White Oleander, by revisiting the insidious effects of a powerful, narcissistic mother on an only child. Michael Faraday is a Harvard dropout who paints in the L.A. art world of 1981; his suicide happens a few pages in, and sets the stage for a Fitch's masterful shifts in time and perspective. Josie Tyrell, an artist's model and denizen of the punk rock, had an intense relationship with Michael, but never managed to free him from his mother, renowned concert pianist Meredith Loewy, who moves in a bleak, loveless world of wealth and privilege. Yet their very different loves for Michael bring about a surprising alliance between the imperious Meredith and Josie, a white trash escapee whose inborn grace, style and sense of self sustain her along with art, music and alcohol. The two find unexpected comfort in each other's shared loss, allowing Fitch to contrast the inner and outer resources of women whose lives couldn't be more different, and to flash back deeply into their histories. Fitch excels at painting a negative personality with sure-handed depth and fairness, and her prose penetrates the inner lives of the two with immediacy and bite. In Josie, she has created an indomitable young woman whose pluck and growing self-awareness beautifully offset Meredith's emptiness. Their relationship transforms a big clich the artist's suicide into a page-turning psychodrama.