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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.
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 2 days 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 8 days ago by brenda conner
Product came quickly and in great condition. I'm very pleased.
Also this book is an INCREDIBLE read. Read more
I loved the movie but the novel invoked so many emotions! I hated the mother even more once I read the book! Wonderful!Published 1 month ago by JescaS1987
So many elements a reader would find interesting: experience through a foster system, an unhealthy mother-daugher relationship, redemption. Well written!Published 1 month ago by Melanie Staas
I loved this book. The amazing, descriptive writing was much better than the movie (of course). I will probably read it again.Published 1 month ago by ChelseaRN
Reading this story made me feel good in that it was well written by what I consider to be a wonderful person. It is sad how some children are treated in foster childcare. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeannie Walker
Janet Fitch has an innate talent to write beautiful thoughts and ideas. I've never read anything like this before! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy
White Oleander is a story that was able to dig deep into the soul of a foster child by capturing importance and permanency of the bond that exists between a mother and child and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth Casteel