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  - brs4181 - Borders

This book was excellent! I thought the movie was good but the book blows the movie out of the water! I love Janet Fitch's writing style. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Go out and pick this one up now!! Read full review

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User Review  - Jenn Marie - Borders

Originally I had seen the movie and had absolutely adored it. As soon as I found out the film was based off the book I immediately went out to purchase it. What I found was a story that was much more ... 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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