White Oleander (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, Sep 1, 2006 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery - but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place for herself in impossible circumstances. Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become. Oprah Winfrey enjoyed this gripping first novel so much that she not only made it her book club pick, she asked if she could narrate the audio release.

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User Review  - Oana - Goodreads

This is disturbing, sick, twisted and fucked up. Still, it reads like poetry. There is no way I could possibly be true to this book. Just read it. Read it for the sake of beautiful words tied together ... Read full review

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User Review  - SR Grey - Goodreads

Edit--re-read March 2013 One of the best books I've ever read...still. In fact... photo The writing is very descriptive, lyrical and poetic. The metaphors (and there are a lot) are spot on-perfect. I ... Read full review

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Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. A native of Los Angeles, Fitch currently teaches fiction writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

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