White Oleander

White Oleander

A Novel

Book - 1999
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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."--
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781860497933
1860497934
9780965887007
0965887006
9780316284950
0316284955
9780316569323
0316569321
9780316285261
0316285269
Branch Call Number: FITCH J
Fitch, J
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 25 cm

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annagraceiaboni
Jan 08, 2018

Wow. I enjoyed reading this book and it tugged at my heart strings. The ending was not my favorite but overall a great read.

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DonnaMeness
Dec 06, 2017

Impressive debut!! Janet Fitch's White Oleander,

White Oleander is the story of a young girl, Astrid Magnussen, who in the beginning of the book lives in Los Angeles. Although Astrid has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife -Ingrid Magnussen, an uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of Vikings.

Its a book about that saying: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

The ever fascinating theme of the mother daughter-relationship is brilliantly explored in this saga of a young woman forced to experience a series of foster homes while her own eccentric mother serves a jail term. Despite their separation, the daughter continues to be influenced by her mother’s strong will.

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Sonia_Persaud49
Mar 06, 2014

Hmmm... This book wasn't exactly my cup of tea, there were certain parts I loved, liked, disliked and strongly hated..

Lauraparr Feb 24, 2014

A story of survival and search of identity. Beautifully written but slow paced towards the end.

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Booker70
Jul 27, 2013

I just could not put this book down.

deesju13 May 06, 2013

The story is an absolute page-turner. Could not put it down. Ingrid M. is so nutty of a self-absorbed person that I found myself too getting pulled in by her character. Though this may be obvious, keep in mind what an white oleander is and read what inspired the author to write the book for context.

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kindrabirss
Feb 15, 2013

I love this book. I have read it several times and each time I can't put it down. While the content is sad and tragic, the main character is strong, resilient and never throws a pity party for herself. She is constantly seeing beauty in the world around her and through each trial of her life she discovers her own identity.

LMOH Jan 16, 2013

What an excellent book! The voice of Astrid is so believable, even as she grows from a young child to an adult. The story is harrowing and if you like dysfunctional mothers, Ingrid Magnussen is a classic. The book illustrates the complexity of mother/daughter love.

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ggayle40
Nov 07, 2012

An exquisite novel with characters that jump off the page.

An unforgettable tale of love, fear, acceptance and redemption.

This book is tied for my all-time favorite book.

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