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As Astrid bumps from trailer park to tract house to Hollywood bungalow, White Oleander uncoils her existential anxieties. "Who was I, really?" she asks. "I was the sole occupant of my mother's totalitarian state, my own personal history rewritten to fit the story she was telling that day. There were so many missing pieces." Fitch adroitly leads Astrid down a path of sorting out her past and identity. In the process, this girl develops a wire-tight inner strength, gains her mother's white-blonde beauty, and achieves some measure of control over their relationship. Even from prison, Ingrid tries to mould her daughter. Foiling her, Astrid learns about tenderness from one foster mother and how to stand up for herself from another. Like the weather in Los Angeles--the winds of the Santa Anas, the scorching heat--Astrid's teenage life is intense. Fitch's novel deftly displays that, and also makes Astrid's life meaningful. --Katherine Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
To be highly recommended. Once I had started to read it, I was unable to put it down. Very well written.Published 5 months ago by PROF DE FRANCAIS
A very intricate story and very well written. It was a gripping read apart from a few moments towards the end when I started to lose empathy with the protagonist and the mother's... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Olivia S Macdonald
Only a small ink blot on the top of the page. new book. no wear no tear, exceeded my expectationPublished 8 months ago by rthtrm
I read this while going through a very hard time and the character's experiences resonated with me. It's a very beautifully written novel about a young girl coming of age in the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ms. Hr Jackson
This is a story that touch your heart in so many ways. Made me remember that there is more to life than just surviving.Published 9 months ago by Technoman
I really enjoyed this book and the way in which it was written. The storyline is brilliant and very gripping.
I love the way it's set in California and very boho. Read more
“The body is the only reality,” thinks Astrid, as she watches over her friend who is giving birth, to a baby she knows she will have to give up for adoption. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eileen Shaw
What a beautiful and poignant work of brilliance!! The book is so raw, powerful, emotional and delicately crafted I've been left thinking about Astrid, her Mother, Starr and some... Read morePublished 11 months ago by RCM888
Beautiful, sad and perfect. This book captivated me completely, it has been so long since a book has done that for me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sandy Sharp