White Oleander

White Oleander

By: Fitch, Janet

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Hardback with cover, both in excellent condition; black board with white title to spine // The struggle to build an authentic identity lies at the heart of Astrid's life as a foster child in Los Angeles after her poet mother, who has kept Astrid isolated from the world, is imprisoned for murder. Astrid Magnussen, the teenage narrator, has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife. An uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of Vikings, savages who fought fiercely to survive. And when one of Ingrid's boyfriends abandons her, she illustrates her point, killing the man with the poison of oleander flowers. This leads to a life sentence in prison, leaving Astrid to teach herself the art of survival in a string of Los Angeles foster homes. 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." She 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 mold 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.

Title: White Oleander

Author Name: Fitch, Janet

Categories: Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction,

Publisher: US, Little, Brown and Company: 1999

ISBN Number: 0316569321

ISBN Number 13: 9780316569323

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used-Very Good

Jacket Condition: Excellent

Size: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches

Weight: 1.00 lbs

Seller ID: PGB65