Yeah, yeah, we know that White Oleander was totally an Oprah’s Book Club read. Can we help loving it? No, we cannot. Not even Oprah can tarnish Janet Fitch's descriptive magic, although this interview with Ms. Winfrey makes us want to hurl. But doesn't Fitch look sort of regal sitting in that high-backed medieval chair?
Anyway, its taken Fitch seven years to give us a follow-up (she scrapped her original second novel, a work of historical fiction, right before publication), but it seems Paint It Black was worth the wait. The novel follows Josie Tyrell — art model, teen runaway, and LA punk-rock groupie — as she falls in love with the wrong boy and gripes with the aftermath. Hear why Ms. Remember Your Spirit Thang got this one right when Fitch reads tomorrow evening at the Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, Copley Square, Boston | 6 pm | free | 617.536.5400.