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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.
This book is a beautiful tragedy. It’s so well written, the lyrical quality of the prose is just unprecedented in my mind. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Trisha
Writing style is deeply personal, and there will be readers who are turned off by this poetic style of prose just as much as other readers will adore it. That's fine. Read morePublished 15 days ago by birdy
I love the romance ,sadness and happiness, sorrow and hopes..... that avalanche of emotional state of everyone ,that description of wanting something that you want but can't have . Read morePublished 15 days ago by Monica F. Munteanu
Very good beggining, dragged on a little to long. The author captures the main character's feeling very well.
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Janet Fitch has left me speechless, I honestly don't even know how to put into words how great this book is. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Nela
Story of an imprisoned mother and her at-risk teen. Stunning language even if not quite consistent with protagonist's age and evolving outlook. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GEK
Just finished rereading this after many years. It was even better the second time. A story that resonates time after time. Beautiful images evoked by poetic words.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer