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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 the Hardcover edition.
Was on my list of books to read before I die, now I have and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the movie!Published 21 days ago by Sabrina
I bought this book used and it came in pristine condition. It's a fantastic read, and very difficult to put down. I highly recommend it!Published 16 months ago by Farmgir
A good read that was well written. It was an easy book to put down and pick up where you left off.Published 18 months ago by Steph
I enjoy this book a lot. It touches a place close to home.As someone whose grown up in foster care it is an amazing story for me to read. One I can relate to on some level. Read morePublished on March 5 2013 by Melissa Dean
Excellent, descriptive and captivating writing about the life of a (disadvantaged) girl in California; disturbing regarding the foster home issues, violence, drugs. Read morePublished on July 21 2011 by Maja
WHITE OLEANDER is one heck of a read. It's a very lyrical novel about a young girl whose brilliant but mentally ill mother murders an ex-boyfriend and winds up in prison for life. Read morePublished on March 20 2007 by Agrippa
Loved this book. Hated the movie. I'm so glad I read the book first because if I had of watched the movie first I never would have even picked up the book.Published on July 5 2006 by Amy
White Oleander is a modern classic that I was able to really connect with. I couldn't put this book down and have not been able to stop thinking about it since I finished it. Read morePublished on June 19 2006 by Katherine - Toronto
WHITE OLEANDER is the first and only book I have read from Oprah's celebrated book club.
While many have panned the book, I found a strange sort of desolate beauty and comfort... Read more