Janet Fitch is the best-selling author of "White Oleander," an Oprah Book Club pick, translated into 24 languages and the basis of a major motion picture. Her second novel, "Paint It Black," has also been widely translated and made into a feature film directed by Amber Tamblyn. Her latest novel is "The Revolution of Marina M." which has received wide acclaim.
Library Journal (07/01/2017):
Marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution comes Fitch's third adult novel. Can it achieve the blockbuster status of her White Oleander and Paint It Black? Teenager Marina Makarova is blessed with privilege and a talent for writing poetry. She hangs with literary futurists in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) and buys into their views of the failing tsarist regime. As successive governments crumble and the German war machine advances, she lives in the heart of the city's collapse. Her survival instincts pushed to just short of death, she finds her inner shapeshifter and wriggles out of trouble to fight another day. In the sweep and heft of her tribute to St. Petersburg's suffering during the years 1916-19, Fitch captures the epic grandeur of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, situating her characters in the pages of authentic history. Yet she also infuses her protagonists with transgressive sexual energy a la E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey, vividly portraying 16-year-old Marina's sexual awakenings as she falls in and out of love. As a college student, Fitch concentrated on Russian studies, and she treats the facts with a historian's respect. Especially well done is the storyline dealing with the vicious Cheka, the Soviet secret police. Readers of Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, and Margaret Mitchell will thrill to this narrative of women in love during the cataclysm of war. --Barbara Conaty, Falls Church, VA. Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC
Janet Fitch's essays and short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as Vogue, Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She regularly teaches at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.