White Oleander

White Oleander

A Novel

Book - 2000
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Back Bay Books, 2000, c1999.
Edition: 1st Back Bay trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780316284950
0316284955
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fitch Janet
Characteristics: 446, [12] p. ;,21 cm.

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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..

Lauraparr Feb 24, 2014

A story of survival and search of identity. Beautifully written but slow paced towards the end.

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Booker70
Jul 27, 2013

I just could not put this book down.

deesju13 May 06, 2013

The story is an absolute page-turner. Could not put it down. Ingrid M. is so nutty of a self-absorbed person that I found myself too getting pulled in by her character. Though this may be obvious, keep in mind what an white oleander is and read what inspired the author to write the book for context.

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kindrabirss
Feb 15, 2013

I love this book. I have read it several times and each time I can't put it down. While the content is sad and tragic, the main character is strong, resilient and never throws a pity party for herself. She is constantly seeing beauty in the world around her and through each trial of her life she discovers her own identity.

LMOH Jan 16, 2013

What an excellent book! The voice of Astrid is so believable, even as she grows from a young child to an adult. The story is harrowing and if you like dysfunctional mothers, Ingrid Magnussen is a classic. The book illustrates the complexity of mother/daughter love.

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ManieK
Dec 13, 2012

This is an incredible survival story and one that will make you wonder why does this happen but it does? Great book and movie, I highly recommend this both. Can't put it down til your done. Loved it! Michelle Phiefer was amazing in it.

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ggayle40
Nov 07, 2012

An exquisite novel with characters that jump off the page.

An unforgettable tale of love, fear, acceptance and redemption.

This book is tied for my all-time favorite book.

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Pepperbot
Apr 09, 2012

The movie brought me to the book, and I was not disappointed, even though (in my mind) I was going backwards! Wow, what vivid characterization, and what ridiculous and heartbreaking schemes. It's the story of how a daughter moves away from her poisonous mother's overbearing shadow. I cried over this one. It's definitely one of those unforgettable books, and it's on my top 10 for sure.

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