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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.
Although their is deep sadness in this story it is based on the truth as to what happens to unwanted and orphaned children. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Patricia A. Vitela
Spectacular --creative and intense. Her use of docking and imagery is powerful, I love the honesty and integrity if a story about love, desire, and the illusion of good and evil. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Avalon Ashley
Both me and my daughter loved this book and I also bought copies for friendsPublished 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by Ken Mariash
I loved this book!! The characters were all so realistic, beautifully flawed and inspiring, as all people are! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lotusflower