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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.
My best friend hid this book on me I've read it so many times. My all time favorite novel!Published 19 hours ago by josie
I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a soul touching novel. Mainly those who have been through foster care. Extremely relatable book. I absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by mrs.wantland
I liked this book. It had a wealth of information that I will use in my daily living. Thanks so much!Published 23 days ago by Nichol J. West
This book captures the difficulties of "broken families" and the struggle of trying to make your way in the world when you start off at a disadvantage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by minervae
This book could have held my attention if it contained more dialog between the characters instead of focusing on the poetry of the narration so much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deborah A. Stover
I became absorbed in this book, but felt that much of the language and some of the plot were overdone.Published 2 months ago by Eclectic choosy reader
The book itself was a great read but the only complaint was that the binding was falling apart. I had to be very careful turning pages and leaving bookmarks as it was very fragile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by e spehar
This book is one of those few books that ought to be on multiple shelves in a bookstore. Fiction. Self-help. Feminine Studies. Psychology. Read morePublished 2 months ago by FicktionPhotography