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White Oleander
White Oleander
Author: Janet Fitch
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 Astrids mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders t...  more
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ISBN-13: 9781594835704
ISBN-10: 1594835705
Publication Date: 9/18/2006
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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It was an Oprah book club choice, and it received good reviews from plenty of people, so your mileage may vary from mine :-)

I wasn't a fan of this book....thought this book was depressing and overwritten--with high drama and not a break for the reader, with the calamities befalling the young protagonist. Not to say this isn't what life is like if your mother is a narcissistic psychotic of some kind.....

It does expose a very dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship and what amounts to serious abuse of a child; adult children of bipolar or otherwise mentally ill but functional parents might find some true chords here. It just didn't work for me at the time I read it.