White Oleander Author:Janet Fitch A beautiful first novel about a young woman growing up the hard way, White Oleander is a powerful story about mothers and daughters, their ambiguous alliances, and the search for love and identity. — Astrid has been raised by her mother, who is a beautiful, headstrong poet, in a loving but isolated relationship. The two are inseparable until Ingr... more »id murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life. Astrid becomes one of the thousands of foster children in Los Angles. As she navigates this new reality - a series of homes, each with it's own universe, each with it's own limits and dangers - she finds strength in her own unshakable certainty of her own worth and her unfettered sense of the absurd.
Her fierce determination to find an authentic self and a place to stand in the world makes her a lovable and unforgettable figure in this brilliantly written debut.« less