White Oleander

White Oleander

A Novel

Book - 2006 | First Back Bay trade paperback edition
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The unforgettable story of a young woman's odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes on her journey to redemption.
Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned-becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.
Publisher: Boston :, Back Bay Books,, [2006]
Edition: First Back Bay trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780316284950
Branch Call Number: F FIT
Characteristics: 446, 15 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 13, 2020

This has been my favorite book since about the fifth grade. Now I'm almost 24 and I still love it dearly.

Aug 02, 2020

The writing of this is beautiful but I just couldn’t finish it. I really disliked the characters and felt like the main character was going from one tragedy to another which I think is the author’s point but after 400 pages (and another 100+ to go) I put it down because I realized I didn’t care what happened to the characters.

May 09, 2020

Sad but gripping. A heartbreaking tale of foster care poor parenting.

May 05, 2020

A very unusual read but enjoyable.

Dec 09, 2018

I like this book very much. I'm still reading it. I have to keep reminding myself it is not a memoir or autobiography. Very well done.

Dec 06, 2018

Great read! As I was reading, I thought readers who enjoyed The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt would also enjoy this book.

Aug 04, 2018

This book was an absolute page turner. I read this entire book in one session. The book follows through Astrid's experience in foster care after her mother commits murder. As a former foster care youth, there were many situations that were captured perfectly by Janet Fitch.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

Having re-read this book recently, I found it as good as the first time (1999). Even though I remembered much of Astrid and Ingrid's difficult story, I found myself drawn in because the book is beautifully written -- the language and phrasing is haunting and evocative.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

The writing, at times, comes off as prose poetry. It's beautiful and lyrical yet poisonous, just like the titular white oleander. The plot is rough- it follows Astrid growing in foster care as her mother is in prison for murder. There are dark sexual situations, abuse, violence, and drug use. Themes of forgiveness, familial bond, mother-daughter relationships, love, and loneliness as the human condition.

CRRL_MegRaymond Mar 06, 2018

Astrid must grow up quickly in foster care after her mother is imprisoned for murder.

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