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White Oleander

A book by Janet Fitch

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  • Jun 30, 2010
aawww, please read this one!
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review by . June 25, 2010
White Oleander is the story of Astrid and her journey through adolescence. But not any normal adolescence. After her mother leaves (for reasons I don't want to spoil for you), she is forced to go through multiple foster homes and meets many people on the way. Some good, some terrible, some tragic--Astrid learns life lessons no girl as young as she should learn so young. She is forced to grow up to quickly, and has to face her mother's issues while trying to deal with her own at the same …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
good novel. worth reading
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
I love the poetry in this book. Well-written!
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Great book!
review by . January 18, 2000
We see it on television, the movies, the newsmedia, and the tabloids...now we have another forced feeding account of the Bad parent/Bruised child in the form of a novel. Fitch writes well and draws characters realistically. It is a shame such talent is squandered on a soap opera story. How many more of these "down and out deserted kids" tales will be written? A depressing read without redemption, BUT this author has the skills down well.
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, May 1999:Astrid Magnussen, the teenage narrator of Janet Fitch's engrossing first novel,White Oleander, has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife. An uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of Vikings, savages who fought fiercely to survive. And when one of Ingrid's boyfriends abandons her, she illustrates her point, killing the man with the poison of oleander flowers. This leads to a life sentence in prison, leaving Astrid to teach herself the art of survival in a string of Los Angeles foster homes.

As Astrid bumps from trailer park to tract house to Hollywood bungalow, White Oleander uncoils her existential anxieties. "Who was I, really?" she asks. "I was the sole occupant of my mother's totalitarian state, my own personal history rewritten to fit the story she was telling that day. There were so many missing pieces." Fitch adroitly leads Astrid down a path of sorting out her past and identity. In the process, this girl develops a wire-tight inner strength, gains her mother's white-blonde beauty, and achieves some measure of control over their relationship. Even from prison, Ingrid tries to mold her daughter. Foiling her, Astrid learns about tenderness from one foster mother and how to stand up for herself from another. Like the weather in Los Angeles--the winds of the Santa Anas, the scorching heat--Astrid's teenage life is intense....

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ISBN-10: 0316569321
ISBN-13: 978-0316569323
Author: Janet Fitch
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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