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 humour, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can be. Tough, irrepressible, funny, and warm, Astrid is one of the most indelible characters in recent fiction. White Oleander is an unforgettable story of mothers and daughters, burgeoning sexuality, the redemptive powers of art, and the unstoppable force of the emergent self.
©1999 Janet Finch(P)1999 Time Warner Audiobooks
"Extraordinary. Her prose is full of startling images, snippets of poetry and one magnificent, blisteringly angry 'found' poem. This highly impressive debut takes on all the big themes." Observer
"Hard-hitting, compelling and brilliantly written" Cosmopolitan
"Tangled, complex and extraordinarily written"Observer
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"Fantastic read could'nt put it down!!"
Janet Fitch is a fantastic writer...White Oleander is a fantastic book and a bonus with oprah narrating.
"This book is very addictive"
I love the story of a young women who is growing up, who makes her own choices and comes to independent conclusions. I enjoyed the vivid language as well.
I've never read anything like this before.
Definitely Astrid was my favourite character.
The most moving moment was when Astrid's foster mother dies.
This is a dark, disturbing, and beautiful book that you will never forget.
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