White Oleander

White Oleander

A Novel

Book - 2000
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"White Oleander" is the stunning debut novel by Janet Fitchabout a teenage girl's search for her identity. With her headstrong mother serving a life sentence in prison, Astrid Magnussen must learn to survive on her own, and this story brilliantly traces her journey from the streets through a series of foster homes and ultimately to a greater understanding of life.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2000, c1999.
Edition: First Back Bay trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316284950
0316284955
Characteristics: 446 pages ;,21 cm.

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pageonthemove
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.

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Jen_nifer
Dec 06, 2018

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

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Ravenallberry
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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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..

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Aug 04, 2018

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