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Released: 1999-05

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White Oleander by Janet Fitch


an improbable first novel a couple of younger girl growing up the hard way, this can be a powerful story of moms and daughters, their ambiguous alliances, and the are seeking for for love and identity.

Astrid has been raised by the use of her mom, who is a beautiful, headstrong poet, in a loving however remoted dating. the two are inseparable until Ingrid murders a former lover and is imprisoned for lifestyles. Astrid turns into one of the crucial lots of foster kids in la. As she navigates this new reality -- a chain of homes, each and every its non-public universe, each and every with its non-public limits and risks -- she finds attainable in her unshakable walk in the park of her non-public price and her unfettered feel of the absurd.

Her fierce option to are seeking for out an unique self and a place to face on this planet makes her a adorable and unforgettable decide on this brilliantly written dehowever.

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Editorial overview

Oprah information club® variety, may 1999: Astrid Magnussen, the teenage narrator of Janet Fitchcff0478#three9;s engrossing first novel, White Oleander, has a mom who is as sharp as a brand new knife. An uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises susceptible spot and self-pity, telling her daughter that they're descendants of Vikings, savages who fought fiercely to live on. And at the same time as one among Ingridcff0478#three9;s boyfriends abandons her, she illustrates her element, killing the person with the poison of oleander plant lifestyles. This ends up in a lifestyles sentence in prison, leaving Astrid to teach and every herself the art of survival in a string of l. a. foster houses.

As Astrid bumps from trailer park to tract house to Hollywood bungalow, White Oleander uncoils her existential anxieties. "Who used to be I, in point of fact?" she asks. "i used to be the only actual occupant of my momcff0478#three9;s totalitarian state, my very own non-public historical past rewritten to suit the tale she used to be telling that day. there were such a lot of missing items." Fitch adroitly leads Astrid dnon-public a path of sorting out her prior and identity. throughout the procedure, this lady develops a wire-tight inside attainable, profits her momcff0478#three9;s white-blonde just right seems to be, and achieves a point of keep an eye on over their dating. Even from prison, Ingrid attempts to mold her daughter. Foiling her, Astrid learns approximately tenderness from one foster mom and how you can get up for herself from any other. Like the weather in la--the winds of the Santa Anas, the scorching heat--Astridcff0478#three9;s teenage lifestyles is extreme. Fitchcff0478#three9;s novel deftly shows that, and as well as makes Astridcff0478#three9;s lifestyles important. --Katherine Anderson

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writer: Janet Fitchauthor: Little, Brnon-public and ..Binding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: three84

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