White Oleander

White Oleander

A Novel

Book - 1999
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A New York Times Bestseller Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery -- but their idyll is shattered when Ingrid falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, she murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place herself in impossible circumstances. Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1999
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316569323
0316569321
Branch Call Number: FIC Fitch 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 390 p. --

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Ravenallberry
Aug 04, 2018

This book was an absolute page turner. I read this entire book in one session. The book follows through Astrid's experience in foster care after her mother commits murder. As a former foster care youth, there were many situations that were captured perfectly by Janet Fitch.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

Having re-read this book recently, I found it as good as the first time (1999). Even though I remembered much of Astrid and Ingrid's difficult story, I found myself drawn in because the book is beautifully written -- the language and phrasing is haunting and evocative.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

The writing, at times, comes off as prose poetry. It's beautiful and lyrical yet poisonous, just like the titular white oleander. The plot is rough- it follows Astrid growing in foster care as her mother is in prison for murder. There are dark sexual situations, abuse, violence, and drug use. Themes of forgiveness, familial bond, mother-daughter relationships, love, and loneliness as the human condition.

CRRL_MegRaymond Mar 06, 2018

Astrid must grow up quickly in foster care after her mother is imprisoned for murder.

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annagraceiaboni
Jan 08, 2018

Wow. I enjoyed reading this book and it tugged at my heart strings. The ending was not my favorite but overall a great read.

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DonnaMeness
Dec 06, 2017

Impressive debut!! Janet Fitch's White Oleander,

White Oleander is the story of a young girl, Astrid Magnussen, who in the beginning of the book lives in Los Angeles. Although Astrid has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife -Ingrid Magnussen, an uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of Vikings.

Its a book about that saying: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

The ever fascinating theme of the mother daughter-relationship is brilliantly explored in this saga of a young woman forced to experience a series of foster homes while her own eccentric mother serves a jail term. Despite their separation, the daughter continues to be influenced by her mother’s strong will.

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Sonia_Persaud49
Mar 06, 2014

Hmmm... This book wasn't exactly my cup of tea, there were certain parts I loved, liked, disliked and strongly hated..

Lauraparr Feb 24, 2014

A story of survival and search of identity. Beautifully written but slow paced towards the end.

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Booker70
Jul 27, 2013

I just could not put this book down.

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