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White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)

White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
Author: Janet Fitch
ISBN 13: 9780316284950
ISBN 10: 316284955
Edition: Mti
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: 2000-05-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $16.00

When a woman murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life, her daughter must navigate a new reality — that of a series of foster homes, each its own universe, each with its own limits and dangers.

Library Journal - Judith Kicinski

This novel will surely be hailed as one of the best novels of the year and is likely the best debut this reviewer has ever read. When beautiful, egotistical poet Ingrid murders the lover who dumped her, 12-year-old daughter Astrid descends into the hells of foster care, where she is sustained only by a fierce intelligence and great artistic talent.

Heartbreaking, but without a trace of sentimentality, this novel provokes the amazement that children like Astrid can emerge whole and capable after what we know are even worse childhoods than hers.