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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.
I just wanted to add that this book was very well written and a most enjoyable read.
The character are so real, the writing style is beautiful, the plot moves swiftly and the story weaves the reader through every human emotion possible.
As I read the book, which I had a hard time putting down, I began to feel like I knew Astrid or wanted to know her, help her, love her.
I absolutely love this book even thought it breaks my heart again every time I read it. I think I read this once a year.Published 1 day ago by C. Boyes
I first read this book when it was on Oprah's reading list. The writing is so poetic and beautiful that it feels like a poem even though it doesnt rhyme. Read morePublished 1 day ago by roz2001
This is my favorite book of all time! I read it over again every few years. It is just the most beautifully written story!Published 2 days ago by Happy Reader
This book sits on my bookshelf worn and well read. I'm sure the number of times I've read this is well into the teens, but every time I read it I would find new things. Read morePublished 19 days ago by MadenG
I love every sentence in this book. I enjoyed the diversity of the characters. So different and all equally damaged. No one gets to walk away unscathed. Read morePublished 21 days ago by courtneys reading room
This book really pushed a lot of buttons for me because I grew up in Child Welfare. However, the author did a good job describing the main character's, continuous change of homes... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Thera
It was touch and go whether I would get through White Oleander. About 130 pages in, after some pretty rough subject matter, the protagonist Astrid performs oral sex for a bag of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel Holland
Great read. Should not have watched the movie first. The book was better, well written. A lot more details the movie doesn't have.Published 1 month ago by brenda conner
Product came quickly and in great condition. I'm very pleased.
Also this book is an INCREDIBLE read. Read more