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.
Just one of those rare books that comes around and leaves its mark in your memory—even years after you’ve read it. I loved this book from the very first chapter. Janet Fitch has a style that really pulls the reader into the story. You feel for this poor girl Astrid. And even though Ingrid is a bad person, you can’t help but feel a bit of sympathy for her. I intend to read this one again. I keep a copy on my shelf.
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