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2.99978359908884 out of 52.99978359908884 out of 52.99978359908884 out of 52.99978359908884 out of 52.99978359908884 out of 5 3.00 (6,146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Fitch Narrator: Jennifer Jason Leigh Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA’s 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, and 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dark, crooked beauty that fulfills all the promise of White Oleander and confirms that Janet Fitch is an artist of the very highest order.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Lushly written, dramatically plotted Fitch’s Los Angeles is so real it breathes.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Fitch wonderfully captures the abrasive appeal of punk music, the bohemian, sometimes squalid lifestyle, the performers, the drugs, the alienation. This is crackling fresh stuff you don’t read every day.”

    USA Today

  • “A page-turning psychodrama…Fitch’s prose penetrates the inner lives of her characters with immediacy and bite.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/11/2014

    " 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 stop...letting the words saturate, find their mark and, time and again, devastate me. Yes, a very emotional response...but 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by courtney | 2/9/2014

    " this book had it at the beginning. i am wary of oprah's book club, but in the beginning, this book was pretty on. then, sadly, it lost it completely at the end. i felt totally dissatisfied and thought the author could have gone in a different direction and penned a much richer, more layered, book - but what do i know. i got my copy for free, it's a galley copy and if someone wants it, let me know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan | 1/22/2014

    " I expected more. Maybe I didn't care for this because I couldn't relate to the character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wendy T | 1/20/2014

    " Didn't care for this book. "

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About the Author
Author Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander, a number-one bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, has been translated into twenty-four 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.