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Publisher Description

The unforgettable story of a young woman's odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes on her journey to redemption.
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.

Fiction & Literature
September 1
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

kish23 ,

Good read

Interesting perspective of the complex relationship between mother and daughter.

AugustLily23 ,

One of my all times favorites

I have read this book three times over the years and I’ve watched the movie many times. If you haven’t read this, do it now! I have a paper copy with all my favorite parts underlined.. this book touches my soul. Will read again, I’m sure.



I thought this sounded like an interesting book- something different. I read the sample and thought it’d be good...boy I was wrong. I couldn’t get more than 1/5 of the way through before stopping. Reading about a 14 year old girl and a 50 year old man together- no thanks! It could take a different turn, sure, but I refuse to read through that to see. Waste of my money.

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