White Oleander

White Oleander

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 Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant...

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Title:White Oleander
Author:Janet Fitch
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:White Oleander
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:446 pages pages

White Oleander Reviews

  • Chloe
    Jun 15, 2007
    I am normally exceedingly wary of anything that Oprah puts her mark on and avoid it like the plague. However, after years of being recommended this book by many people who's opinions on such things I respect I finally pulled it off the bookshelf. Let me be the first to tell you: I have...
  • Lisa Vegan
    Mar 24, 2017
    It took me forever to sit down and write this review. I never wait this long after finishing a book to post some sort of review. I?ve just given up and realized it?s impossible for me to do justice to the book. It?s a full 5 star rating from me, though not (yet?) on my favorites ...
  • Michael
    Jun 10, 2007
    Gritted my teeth to get through this and see what happened. The story itself is interesting, but the writing was so fussy and melodramatically overwrought that I wanted to toss the book away. Kept going only because I wanted to understand people's strong response to it. ...
  • Madeline
    Sep 02, 2007
    Janet Fitch has an amazing gift for writing novels centered around protagonists that are flawed and scarred, while at the same time making her audience identify with and even love these characters because of their imperfections. Take Astrid, the main character of White Oleander. At the...
  • Cat
    Jul 10, 2008
    Due in part, perhaps, to the influx of "unfortunate teenage girl" novels in the mid-to-late nineties (I think here of books like _She's Come Undone_ and _The Virgin Suicides_), I avoided Fitch's book for a while (the Oprah's Book Club stigma also contributed). And while the story line ...
  • Niya
    Aug 18, 2007
    This is my all time favorite book. I love the character Astrid, and enjoyed seeing her played by Alison Lohman in the movie. I wish there were more books like this one. ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 26, 2007
    There must be a reason why I've been able to recall many of the books I've read over the years, but that it took me until one of my most restless and procrastibatory nights in front of the blank Word doc to dredge this one up from the recesses of memory, even though I read it within th...
  • Megan
    Jan 11, 2008
    My aunt bought me this book for Christmas one year and at first I was really disappointed. I thought "Oh, that's nice... because I like to read you just got me the Oprah book club book of the month... thanks." But then I read it, and I'm now convinced that my aunt knows me better than ...
  • Faith-Anne
    Jan 13, 2008
    If nothing else, read this book for the language. White Oleander reads like a poem. It's so beautifully crafted. ...
  • Matt
    Jan 14, 2008
    this is a horrifying book, not necessarily for the story's content (which IS horrifying), but for it's plot, execution, characterization, and particularly its overcooked writing. some observations: 1) astrid. the novel's protagonist, a fourteen year old girl, is a thoroughly co...
  • Ananda
    Feb 13, 2008
    I can't forget her story. It's like an etching tatooed on the center of my brain. Her pain is my pain, her fears are my fears, her life...becomes mine. I take every word from her illustrated existance, using it as a bible to crawl through this enraged wilderness where the grass is made...
  • Kelly
    Jul 09, 2008
    I only wish there were a star less than one. I wish I could remove stars. I wish there were a star deficit rating. This book almost made me give up reading all together. It is definitely the last book I trusted from Oprah. I still think she owes me money and those days of my life ba...
  • Maxwell
    Nov 01, 2015
    I have many thoughts that I'm having trouble putting into words. Before reading the final chapter of the book, I had to put it down, lean my head back against the couch and think about the experience I've had while reading this book. Astrid's journey, her development from girl to woman...
  • Janet
    May 05, 2011
    Well, what was I supposed to rate it? I did work awfully hard on W.O.... still like it. Sad to think Oprah's book club is all over, it was quite an experience. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 14, 2018
    White Oleander follows the story of Astrid, a young girl who is shuttled from one foster home to another while her mother serves a life sentence in prison. I'm reading this for the second time, and it remains one of my favourite books ever. It is as beautiful and dreamy as it is ble...
  • Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
    Aug 27, 2009
    I had heard previously how good/bad this book is. Most people have been powerfully affected by it. They either really liked it or really disliked it. After reading it, I could see how it could sway you in either ways. You could either take the story at face value and be swayed by it, a...
  • Christina White
    Dec 03, 2010
    Dark, depressing, disturbing, and so beautiful! When the author described the August summer heat I felt it, like hot breath on my neck. I fell in love with Ingrid and her beauty and ideas of the world. Then I became Astrid, and I felt how much she loved her and how bad it hurt to also ...
  • Britany
    Mar 08, 2012
    White Oleander packs a powerful punch to your emotional psyche. Almost as soon as I started this book, I was swept away by the writing. Astrid Magnussan- just a beautiful wisp of a newly minted teenager watches as her mom spirals downward and loses control, ending up in prison. Astrid ...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Jan 25, 2013
    This is Astrid?s story. We meet her first when she is twelve and in Ingrid?s (her mother) care. Ingrid is a woman of such rare, unearthly beauty as to be most likely found in dreams. Fitch describes her through Astrid?s eyes, gradually, poetically, using very sparse lan...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 11, 2018
    Man, that Oprah knows how to pick ?em! This was a terrific read; I?m not sure why I?d never gotten to it before. I read huge chunks during my travel to the States and then slowed down quite a bit, which was a shame because it meant I felt less connected to Astrid?s later strugg...
  • Luffy
    Apr 10, 2018
    I am appalled by the worldview presented in this book. Yet the circumstances surrounding Ingrid, a poetess who goes to prison for murder are so artificial! I don't want to squirm when I'm reading, and I read for pleasure. Is there a market for books like this? Of course there is...
  • Skye
    Apr 03, 2017
    Exquisite, provocative, melodious novel spun by author Janet Fitch, artistic with the English language. White Oleander is an epoch/pastoral poem in the guise of a novel, a Romantic's dream, a Metaphysical masterpiece and yet underneath the beauty of language lies a gritty, edgy story o...
  • Debbie "DJ"
    Jun 23, 2015
    This is some of the most beautiful writing I've ever encountered. It reminds me a little bit of Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. It's language is deep and satisfying. The mother daughter relationship told in an almost mythical way. Loved it!...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    Dec 04, 2014
    Wow, this is a BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE and an intelligent and heartbreaking, true and honest story. When I was about 100 pages into the book, I already knew that this was going to be a new favourite of mine. Now that I've finished it, I can honestly say that this is one of the most raw...
  • Vanessa
    Feb 21, 2017
    What exquisite writing, never have I read a book that speaks so beautifully but also describes pain so acutely. Astrid becomes a ward of the state after her mother commits a crime of passion and is imprisoned. Although her mother is behind bars, Astrid cannot shake her mother's deep ho...
  • Joe Valdez
    Mar 22, 2019
    After reading her scorching short story in Los Angeles Noir, I smoked a cigarette (I don't smoke), napped and reached for a novel by Janet Fitch. Round 2 is White Oleander, which Oprah's Book Club made a sweepstakes winner at the time of its publication in 1999 and for good reason. Thi...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Jun 30, 2016
    Gripping from the beginning to the end, White Oleander is destined to become a classic and there are definitely none like it out there. :) ...
  • Crumb
    Mar 18, 2018
    This was a masterful yarn about a complex relationship between mother and daughter. It was about the loss of self, the journey of finding oneself, and most importantly - the resilience of the human spirit. This wasn't a tale of any ordinary bond between mother and daughter, this was a ...
  • Pedro
    Jul 23, 2019
    In the early 2000?s I was reading lots of books from the public library. I read all kinds of fiction. I read a lot of crap. Books I can?t even mention, and so many I can?t remember. Ah, but I remembered White Oleander all these years. Fourteen, to be precise. How I thought about ...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    Jul 01, 2019
    ?If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.? Ingrid Magnusson is sent to jail for the murder of her...