Author(s): 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 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.
'Hard-hitting, compelling and brilliantly written' COSMOPOLITAN 'Graceful' THE TIMES 'Poignant, virtuosic and utterly captivating' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY '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 'Tangled, complex and extraordinarily written' OBSERVER
Janet Fitch's fiction has appeared in A Room of One's Own, Black Warrior Review and Rain City Review, among other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.