White Oleander

White Oleander

A Novel

Book - 1999
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A New York Times Bestseller Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery -- but their idyll is shattered when Ingrid falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, she 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 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, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316285261
0316285269
9780316569323
0316569321
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 25 cm

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cals_readers Dec 06, 2016

At the age of 12, Astrid has her world blown away when her mother is sentenced to life in prison for murdering her lover. Sharpened by harsh foster home environments, Astrid remakes herself as a survivor, and ultimately, an artist.


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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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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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