About Marina Makarova

This is my new book, about the fate of a young woman during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution in Petrograd, (soon to become Leningrad), as she finds herself torn between her passion for her first lover, a family friend turned speculator in the aftermath of that fateful October, and a futurist poet.

32 Responses to “About Marina Makarova”

  1. Hi Janet,

    I love White Orleander and worked as a make-up artist on the movie with Ronnie Spector. I look forward to reading your other novels and to visiting you here on your blog. I love to write and for most of my life I wrote poems and songs – now doing short stories and who knows maybe one will turn into a novel. Thank for your insights and writing advice.

    Warmest, Deborah

  2. Linda Harrison Says:

    Hi Janet,

    I loved White Oleander so much. What is the “drop date” for your new book, About Marine Makarova? I am very excited to read it.

    Best regards,
    Linda

  3. Linda Harrison Says:

    P.S. Janet, just have to say that I love, Love, LOVE your short story “The Method” in Los Angeles Noir. We don’t always get what we want in fiction (which is for the bad guys to get their come uppance), but Oh! In that story, yeah, I got what I wanted. I’m always on the lookout for your work in the short story journals. I’m so looking forward to your next book.

  4. samantha Says:

    Please please please say you’re new book will be released soon?!

  5. Nadia Says:

    Hi Janet,
    I’m awaiting your new book. I just started reading your blog- I enjoyed “I Love You Stop” just now. I’m looking forward to buying your book the day it is released! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  6. stephen Says:

    Ms. Fitch,
    Have you, by any chance, read “We the Living” by Ayn Rand?

    • Yes I have. I’m not a huge Ayn Rand fan, but We the Living, really about her own experiences growing up in post-Revolutionary Russia, was full of very interesting detail–though any time a writer makes “good guys” and “bad guys”–esp. the Marxists as complete cardboard one-note bastards, it’s an instant red light for the life less examined. It’s stinks of propoganda and agendas rather than sounding the depths of human experience.

      • Brendan Says:

        I don’t think that’s a completely accurate representation of WtL. The Communists aren’t so much a mass of slimy evil as they are a group of individuals with their own agendas; a very entertaining and complex mix. One of the most die-hard Communists of the story is even a main character, and portrayed in a very favorable light. On the flip side, the anti-Communists aren’t always heroes. In fact, they’re more often shiftless losers and con-men who try to profit off of others’ misfortunes. For instance, Leo, the heroine’s central love interest, becomes a speculator not for any noble reasons, but because he’s just royally pissed off; and at the story’s conclusion he becomes a gigolo, deserting the woman he supposedly loves. There are a lot of ambiguities in the story that tend to get passed over by people who are put off by Rand’s philosophy. It’s true that she hated Communism and Marxism, but that didn’t prevent her from writing accurately and sympathetically about people who subscribe to those ideologies.

        All that having been said, I eagerly await your next novel, Ms. Fitch. White Oleander and Paint It Black were such delights!

  7. stephen Says:

    Thank you for responding Ms. Fitch. I, too, am not a huge fan of Ayn Rand but really liked We the Living. Kira Argounova is one of my most favorite characters.

  8. Alexandra Dubois Says:

    Dear Janet,

    I’m a big fan of “White Oleander” from France and a huge admirer of the writer that you are, and I would like to know : Will your last two novels be translated in French ? I really hope so because I can’t wait for reading them. Thank you in advance for your answer.

    Amicably,

    Alexandra

    • Thanks Alexandra, I wish they would! You might write in and ask. I’m glad to say “the Method”, my short story in Los Angeles Noir, will be out in France in September.

  9. hi janet!, i love your books and think you are inspiring to read. i was wondering when your next novel “Marina Makarova” will be released? cannot wait for then!
    i am currently studying film and hope to go into screenwriting one day, so any tips on writing is much appreciated!
    thanks
    tam x

  10. Linda Says:

    Dear Janet,

    I’m guessing that your publisher doesn’t want you to say when your new book is coming out; they probably can’t get it together to commit to a date. Just a guess. That said, do you think it will come out this year, or 2011? Best wishes to you.

  11. I’m tremendously excited for Marina Makarova to be published! I know I’ll have to be patient, these things take time. Your novels take me places I would never have been able to experience otherwise; I can’t wait to immerse myself in the passion of the Russian Revolution.

  12. So happy to hear a new book is on the way! Heard you talk at the Festival of Books one year and fell in love with your work! Paint It Black destroyed me and helped my own writing in so many ways! Looking forward to the next one!

  13. i have to tell u, i don’t usually even like much fiction but your stuff is real. kicks was fabulous, white oleander was unparalled and u fuckin outdid urself with paint it black. if u haven’t experienced losing someone to suicide i sure as hell couldn’t tell it. kudos!

  14. Carolyn Kolb Says:

    Dear Ms. Fitch, I just wanted to tell you how much your novel White Oleander meant to me. It helped me through the hardest and worst time of my life and helped me to feel that I wasn’t all alone. Thank you for having the courage to write about the truth. I think you are a beautiful writer and I hope you have a beautiful life to go along with your writing! Love and Peace…………….

  15. I like yours books :)
    Best regards :)
    Monika

  16. amelia ochoa Says:

    I am so excited about your new book. Your writing is amazing. Your voice is so clear, and I know immediately what you are saying. Your words are hauntingly beautiful to me.

    Amelia

  17. White Oleander changed my life. Thank you.

  18. Marina Says:

    Thank for White Oleander. It`s my favourite book.
    Can I ask a question? Is really name Marina Makarova – Marina Tsvetaeva? Russian poet.

    • Yes, the new book is called Marina Makarova–unless I can find a better title. That’s the main character. And I love Marina Tsvetaeva!! I hope you’ll like it, its almost done.
      best, Janet

  19. Kristen Says:

    Your books have changed my life, Janet. You are an incredibly gifted writer, and whenever I pick up one of your books I can’t put it down until it’s finished. Which, that’s actually a little sad because then they are finished so quickly. I am anxiously awaiting this book!

  20. Megan Says:

    When people ask me who my favorite author is I always always answer Janet Fitch. When Paint it Black came out, I bought a copy immediately. I also sent one to my best friend and to my sister. I can’t count the amount of times I have given my copy of White Oleander away only to get another copy and give it away again. Have you read Little Bee by Chris Cleave? I finished that one a couple weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. Reading your work is like reading an entire novel crafted with the heart of a poet. Be well. I am very happy to hear there is another novel to look forward too.

    • Megan: Hey girl! I have been rereading “Paint it Black” for the past few days. I’ve read and reread White Oleander every winter for years on the beach, in a hammock in PR. What an exquisite writer Janet Fitch is. I am an artist who paints. Ms. Fitchs’ writing inspires me……. I can see the Art. You wrote to her, and said exactly what I would have said to her. With the exception of the art thing. She truly is my favorite: author/poet/artist… in the world! I am going to read “Little Bee” as you suggested. I, like you, have given away many copies of “White Oleander” & “Paint it Black”, both books are a true gift to any person who recieves them. Thank you, Sally Erskine

  21. As a published author uilding his platform and a reviewer with Suspense magazine and a blog reviewer (http://damnedinsatiablethirsteternallanguor.blogspot.com/) I am always looking for review copies or ARCS. If you are interested in providing a copy of Marina Makarova message me through my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mark.p.sadler.author or e-mail.

  22. Hi Janet, love both your books, really excited for the next one! You are by far my favourite modern author. Your writing is so inspiring, powerful and enigmatic while at the same time graceful and elegant. You definitely deserve to be remembered as one of the great novelists of our century for years to come.

  23. Heather Says:

    Hi Janet, my mom and I are both enraptured by your work (she actually attended a workshop with you back at Cal State Fullerton a decade or so back and still cites your essential pickiness with every chosen word). We’re desperate for news on Marina Makarova. Any updates on a release date? I read either White Oleander and Paint It Black every year. They devastate and inspire, staying with me as if I wrote the stories myself. So eager to experience Russie through your lens.

  24. Sofya Barbaeva Says:

    Dear Janet!
    Alexandra Debois asked You if Your novels “Paint it black” and “Marina Makarova” would be translated to French, and I have the similar question:will they ever be translated to Russian (it’s my mother tongue)?
    I want to add that “White oleander” is the rosebud of modern literature, I consider it the most haunting and desperately beautiful novel of modern times.
    Thank You

    • Hi Sofya–I certainly hope so! Especially Marina–that would be incredible. Usually depends on how well it does here, the demand for it in translation. I’m a Russia nut from way back–as most people know. Once you get bitten with that fascination, whether it’s the history, the literature, the art, whatever it is–it’s lifelong love.

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