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ISBN13: 9780316285261
ISBN10: 0316285269
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Ingrid and Astrid, mother and daughter, are separated dramatically when Astrid is twelve years old. Spurned by a lover, Ingrid's tempestuous and poetic nature leads her to murder the man with the poison of oleander flowers. Ingrid is sent to jail leaving Astrid to the fates of the Los Angeles foster care system. White Oleander traces the next six years of Astrid's life as she travels from foster family to foster family, experiencing grief, abuse, sexual awakening, and, occasionally, a glimmer of love. This passionate coming of age story caught the attention of Oprah's Book Club, and went on to become a bestseller — hardly surprising, considering the seductive nature of Fitch's prose, the hypnotic flow of the narrative, and the credibility of her characterizations. White Oleander swirls with color and poetic language that capture emotions, images, and experiences simply and elegantly. And, at the center of the story is the complicated and sometimes devastating relationship between mother and daughter. Astrid's journey to self discovery requires hard decisions and the courage to cut some of the ties that bind. With all of its dramatic plot twists, White Oleander may veer close to melodrama, but Fitch's prose elevates this story to something far more extraordinary. Katie, Powells.com

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A bestselling first novel about a young woman growing up the hard way, this is a powerful story of mothers and daughters, their ambiguous alliances, and the search for love and identity. When a woman murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life, her daughter must navigate a new reality — that of a series of foster homes, each its own universe, each with its own limits and dangers.

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"...[an] impressive first novel.... her startlingly apt language relates a story that is both intelligent and gripping." Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, The New York Times Book Review

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"A first-rate debut about a teenaged girls arduous six-year journey of self-discovery....She's an appealing protagonist, smart and vulnerable, though her formidable mother is even more intriguing, and the author brilliantly delineates the womans complexity through her letters, which are masterpieces of epistolary voice and character development. Fitch displays remarkable artistic and psychological maturity throughout....Vigorous, polished prose, strong storytelling, satisfyingly complex characters, and thoughtfully nuanced perceptions: an impressive debut indeed." Kirkus Reviews

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"This is what you're after when you're browsing the shelves for something good to read. White Oleander is a siren song of a novel, seducing the reader with its story, language, and, perhaps most of all, with its utterly believable (and remarkably diverse!) characters. The narrator is particularly memorable - there were times she made me want to cheer and weep simultaneously. Finishing this book made me feel gratefully bereft, and I look forward to Janet Fitch's next work." Elizabeth Berg, author of Durable Goods and Range of Motion

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"Janet Fitch writes with breathtaking beauty about the central theme of our age: the search for self. White Oleander is a remarkable debut novel." Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Synopsis:

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.

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ROBODOC2004, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by ROBODOC2004)
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOK'S OF ALL TIME.I CAN READ IT OVER AND OVER AND I ALWAYS FIND SOME KNEW DETAIL THAT I MISSED BEFORE.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316285261
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Fitch, Janet
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Women murderers
Subject:
Foster children
Subject:
Young women -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Foster care; Self-discovery; Dysfunctional families; Mothers and daughters; Childhood trauma
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
20000501
Binding:
Paperback
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.325 in 0.94 lb

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Product details 480 pages Little, Brown,c1999. - English 9780316285261 Reviews:
"Review" by , "...[an] impressive first novel.... her startlingly apt language relates a story that is both intelligent and gripping."
"Review" by , "A first-rate debut about a teenaged girls arduous six-year journey of self-discovery....She's an appealing protagonist, smart and vulnerable, though her formidable mother is even more intriguing, and the author brilliantly delineates the womans complexity through her letters, which are masterpieces of epistolary voice and character development. Fitch displays remarkable artistic and psychological maturity throughout....Vigorous, polished prose, strong storytelling, satisfyingly complex characters, and thoughtfully nuanced perceptions: an impressive debut indeed." Kirkus Reviews
"Review" by , "This is what you're after when you're browsing the shelves for something good to read. White Oleander is a siren song of a novel, seducing the reader with its story, language, and, perhaps most of all, with its utterly believable (and remarkably diverse!) characters. The narrator is particularly memorable - there were times she made me want to cheer and weep simultaneously. Finishing this book made me feel gratefully bereft, and I look forward to Janet Fitch's next work."
"Review" by , "Janet Fitch writes with breathtaking beauty about the central theme of our age: the search for self. White Oleander is a remarkable debut novel."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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