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Janet Fitch was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native, and grew up in a family of voracious readers. As an undergraduate at Reed College, Fitch had decided to become an historian, attracted to its powerful narratives, the scope of events, the colossal personalities, and the potency and breadth of its themes. But when she won a student exchange to Keele University in England, where her passion for Russian history led her, she awoke in the middle of the night on her twenty-first birthday with the revelation she wanted to write fiction. "I wanted to Live, not spend my life in a library. Of course, my conception of being a writer was to wear a cape and have Adventures."

Janet currently teaches a graduate fiction seminar in the Universit...more


My story "A Shrine For Unbelievers" is out in Black Clock 18--actually a chapter from an early version of Paint It Black when it was a three-voice novel. This from Michael's (then 'Mitch') point of view. Black Clock 18 is "The Director's Cut" --they asked a number of authors to contribute “alternate versions, deleted passages and excised chapters—the resurrection of cherished artistic detours a... Read more of this blog post »
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Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”
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“Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay.”
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“Remember it all, every insult, every tear. Tattoo it on the inside of your mind. In life, knowledge of poisons is essential. I've told you, nobody becomes an artist unless they have to.”
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message 23: by Dustin

Dustin Janet wrote: "Dustin wrote: "Hi, Janet!

I hope all's well with you and yours.:)

Thank you for accepting my friendship request, it's always appreciated. Also, I wanted to tell you that White Oleander has been ..."


Thank you for writing it! I think I will enjoy it.:)


message 22: by Janet

Janet Dustin wrote: "Hi, Janet!

I hope all's well with you and yours.:)

Thank you for accepting my friendship request, it's always appreciated. Also, I wanted to tell you that White Oleander has been on my "to read"..."


Hope you enjoy it! Good reading and happy holidays,
Janet


message 21: by Janet

Janet Angela wrote: "Miss Janet,
I am pretty sure I have written to you on here before but I am writing again because I believe this should be embedded into your heart like your book is embedded into mine: you were tru..."


Hi Angela,
Thanks for this lovely post. HOpe you have a chance to read Paint It Black while I'm busily finishing up the new book! Wish you good reading and thanks for the shoring-up!
all best,
Janet


message 20: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Janet!

I hope all's well with you and yours.:)

Thank you for accepting my friendship request, it's always appreciated. Also, I wanted to tell you that White Oleander has been on my "to read" list for a couple years now, and I'll finally be reading it in a couple weeks. I'm very much looking forward to it!



Have a wonderful day, enjoy the rest of your week!!


message 19: by Angela

Angela Shrum Miss Janet,
I am pretty sure I have written to you on here before but I am writing again because I believe this should be embedded into your heart like your book is embedded into mine: you were truly meant to be a writer. Your words are lyrics to the soul. White Oleander is my favorite book of all time, and every time I read it, I find something else to love and relate to. You will never understand how much this book has helped me because there are no available words. I consider you a blessing for writing it and motivating me to pick up a pen myself. I keep hoping and praying for another book from you, whenever you are ready. Until then, I will continue hold my several copies of White Oleander near and dear. Thank you for having the courage to publish such a beautiful piece.
Always a fan,
~Angela.


message 18: by Kathryn

Kathryn Janet, thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I read White Oleander when I first started college. It reminded me a lot of my own relationship with my mother. It's one of my all-time favorite books. I have read it twice, and I plan to read it again and again. Both times I've read it, I have taken away something new. I had been looking for a long time for Paint It Black, and finally found a copy last week. I can't wait to read it in a few days. Thanks again for accepting my friend request!


message 17: by S

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Anastasia Hi Janet. Glad to be your friend.


Lady Jane Hi, Janet! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. It was such a pleasure to escort you, Julie Otsuka, and Christopher Tilghman at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on April 21st! I hear great things about "White Oleander," I must add it to my "Books To Read Before I Die" list!


Christina White I can't praise you enough for White Oleander. It was amazing and your words are still with me! I like to think of myself as a phoenix now.....

Thank you!


message 13: by Lisa

Lisa Thanks for accepting my friend request. :-)


message 12: by Janet

Janet THanks David! Look forward to following you, loved comparing the books and seeing that long skein of overlap--and then fun to see the rest. I just stopped by Petersburg to see if anyone had read it. It was like wrestling an active, slender, brightly colored snake...
all best and good reading
Janet


message 11: by David

David Lentz Dear Janet,
Thanks for the add and like on Biely.
Your shelf is exquisite, especially the Russians.
Loved "White Oleander."
Please stay in touch.
Cordially,
David


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


Serafina Thank you for adding me. White Oleander is a book which reached me on a profound and inexplicable level. I first read it 8 years ago when I was 17; I was submerged in a very dark, lonely, desolate period of my life. I could not put the book down, I brought it with me everywhere until I finished it. I felt very connected to Astrid. I remember sitting in one of my classes reading the final scene with Claire as the tears streamed down my face. And when I finished the book, I felt this clear and overwhelming sense of fulfillment within my heart. I wished it never had to end because it filled a void that had only been deepening by the day. I am so grateful that someone captured the experiences of this young woman and the mother-daughter relationship in a way that moved me deeply, and for which I aspired to convey myself (as I am also a writer). White Oleander is truly a gift. Thank you for writing it.


Melissa Thanks for adding me as a friend! White Oleander is my favourite book of all time!!!!


Meghan I'm sure you are asked this every day... when will the next book be out?
Meghan


Kasia The Bookworm I love your choice of reads.


message 5: by Jeane

Jeane thanks for the add, janet! i love white oleander! the references in and around los angeles really amused me since i grew up in the area. my friend and i were really excited about the thrifty in alhambra, haha. :)

x
jeane.


message 4: by May

May Bee Miss Janet,
Thank you so much for accepting my friend request && for actually B E I N G my first actual friend here in Goodreads.com :D
BTW, I loved White Oleander. (:

-Maggieeee. :")


trivialchemy Thanks for the add! The Sheltering Sky, indeed.


message 2: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Janet, I loved White Oleander. Nahid Rachlin


message 1: by Lisa

Lisa See Oh, Janet, How fun and funny that we get to be friends this way too.


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