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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. Fitch's novel deftly displays that, and also makes Astrid's life meaningful. --Katherine Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Both me and my daughter loved this book and I also bought copies for friendsPublished 5 days ago by Kathy Franceschelli
Too much of moving around & didn't hold my interest. Disappointing ending. Parts were boring & drawn out. In the beginning it seemed it would be good.Published 15 days ago by Barbara Ladd
I read this book many years ago when I was in college, and just recently reread it. Still a great story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aubrey Braddock
A triumph of literary genius. A story of motherhood and growing up; of self-determination and separation. Of what it means to be an artist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken Mariash
I loved this book!! The characters were all so realistic, beautifully flawed and inspiring, as all people are! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lotusflower
Good read, engaging characters. Not the most pleasant topic but Ms. Finch did a good job at capturing the topic and your attention. The movie is just as good, if not better.Published 1 month ago by rehabgal
White Oleander is one of those books that is impossible to put down. The characters are astonishingly well drawn and practically leap off the page. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Denise
Breathtakingly painful coming of age story. That Ingrid never asks for our sympathy makes us feel it even more deeply. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melodie K. Starkey
Janet Finch does an excellent job with the characters in this book, must read.Published 1 month ago by Gigi