White Oleander by Janet Fitch audiobook

White Oleander

By Janet Fitch
Read by Oprah Winfrey

Little, Brown & Company 9780316285261
6.35 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781594835711

The unforgettable story of a young woman's odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes on her journey to redemption. 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.

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Summary

Summary

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 1999

A New York Times bestseller

A #1 USA Today bestseller

The unforgettable story of a young woman's odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes on her journey to redemption.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ms. Fitch is…concerned with the ghostlike role that the ferocious Ingrid plays in her daughter’s memory once she has left for prison. What keeps White Oleander from devolving into a television mini-series is Ms. Fitch’s aptitude for delineating Astrid’s inner life.”  New York Times
“Fitch’s startlingly apt language relates a story that is both intelligent and gripping.”  New York Times Book Review
“A first-rate debut about a teenaged girls arduous six-year journey of self-discovery.” Kirkus Reviews
“This novel will surely be hailed as one of the best novels of the year and is likely the best debut this reviewer has ever read…Heartbreaking, but without a trace of sentimentality, this novel provokes amazement that children like Astrid can emerge whole and capable after what we know are even worse childhoods than hers.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Janet Fitch

Author Bio: Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch is an author whose first novel, White Oleander, was a New York Times bestseller, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and the basis for a feature film.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English