White Oleander by Janet Fitch

White Oleander

By Janet Fitch

  • Release Date: 2006-09-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 148 Ratings
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Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery - but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place for herself in impossible circumstances. Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become. Oprah Winfrey enjoyed this gripping first novel so much that she not only made it her book club pick, she asked if she could narrate the audio release.


  • Yes!

    By BethSplon
    Must read
  • Read before seeing movie

    By Apple lover2
    This book is amazing, and as always, more descriptive than the movie. The movie leaves out a lot of details, but was also great.
  • One of my favorites

    By Frankii P
    I can read this book so many times and never tire of it. Her metaphors, similes, analogies are all brilliant. Definitely recommend this novel & the movie. (Michelle Pfeiffer being a great reason to watch!)
  • !

    By Vick Yakima
    Fav book
  • Modern Jane Eyre

    By Gutenbird
    No it's not the story of a governess who falls in love with her employer. Not even close. It actually feels more like David Copperfield than Jane Eyre but its a girl's story of losing her mother and then having to fend for herself in a world where people use her and throw her away time after time. I'm a guy and I don't consider this a girlie book. It's just a book about a girl. And a very good one at that.
  • Omg

    By Rip neon
    I love this book!! I've read it over 50 times since I got it.
  • Great read!

    By Lisa Barton
    This book holds a special place in my heart. I originally read this book from the Oprah's list -book club. So this read marks my second go-at-it. It was then that I encountered this books' greatness. I feel in reflection of the story, Astrid represents the painful adolescence that is often felt in real life. Also, I believe that this book addresses our deepest fears of having a parent go to jail and the due process of law that comes to children. The state isn't where children belong because they will grow up fast and loose the elements of furthering their education and be pulled into a survival mode. Parents of teens need their families and siblings to grow into functioning adults. I am glad that Janet Fitch adresses the growing and often silent epidemic facing teens who are dealing with areas of temptation of pre-marital sex, drugs and small criminal acts. All and all, this book was a wonderful yet bittersweet compilation of a teen's life and the silent epidemic of of those who's life spells t-e-e-n-a-g-e-r of our day and age.
  • Favorite book ever!

    By amycakes410
    This was my favorite book ever. it's a long book, but it is so good that it seems not long enough!
  • Milk of the poisonous stem

    By braveneworld2525
    A teenager girl, Astrid, grows up in bohemian Los Angeles without knowing her father. White Oleander begins as Astrid's mother is arrested for the murder of a writer friend. Her mother, played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie, believes she and her daughter are too good for the unimaginative and the unknowing. The author, Janet Fitch, captures much about recent Los Angeles as does Joan Didion '70's Southern Cal. Read the book before you see the movie.