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madbkwm
madbkwm rated it 7 years ago
About halfway through this book I started thinking about Joyce Carol Oates and was interested to see in the interview at the end of my copy that Janet Fitch is a big admirer of Oates (altho who isn't?). This novel is full of compelling and beautiful prose, lots of philosophical/literary references ...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it 8 years ago
I have a real resistance to liking this book. I wasn't a big fan of White Oleander, and that was an Oprah book, which turns on part of my snob brain in a way that isn't particularly fair.On the other hand, I am particularly sensitive to depictions of grief these days, when they aren't saccharine or ...
Bright and Bon Vivant
Bright and Bon Vivant rated it 8 years ago
Janet Fitch definitely does narrative, but while the narration of White Oleander complimented its compelling plot to a tee, this time I felt like I was being pummeled with imagery and repetitive metaphor. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, especially the penultimate chapter, but had I not known, I woul...
Just a book blog
Just a book blog rated it 8 years ago
Astrid is the only child of a single mother whose name is Ingrid. Ingrid is a brilliant and beautiful woman who is highly appreciative of beauty and looks down on people who do not possess it. She was always in control until she met Barry. Not used to rejection, she murders him and is sent to prison...
Smash Attack Reads...Where Smash Attacks Books!
This book was an escape from my usual paranormal smut and urban fantasy adventures, and it is so worth the change in scenery. I had to read the book for my Vulnerable Children class, where I am learning about the child welfare system. It was a poignant tale of one girl’s tumultuous journey through t...
Muh, das Telefonbuch
Muh, das Telefonbuch rated it 9 years ago
Astrids Leben ist anders als das anderer Mädchen, nicht erst, nachdem ihre Mutter zu einer lebenslangen Haftstrafe verurteilt wurde. Auch schon vor ihrer ewigen Reise von Pflegefamilie zu Pflegefamilie ist sie anders, besonders. Sie ist schön, nicht wie ihre Mutter, deren Ankunft sie jeden Abend erw...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it 9 years ago
While I enjoyed the film adaptation, I've tried three times now to read this one, and just simply can not get through it. Perhaps Ingrid reminds me a bit too much of my own mother, who knows?
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it 9 years ago
There was nothing that really stood out for me in this book. I thought it was your standard fair, over-hyped women's lit and not much more.
Momma182's Reviews
Momma182's Reviews rated it 10 years ago
When I picked this book up I really didn't think that more than half of the book was going to be about Michael's mother. Once I found that out I really didn't want to keep reading. I think I stopped for almost two years. When I picked it up again, I appreciated the book a lot more. I don't think the...
digitaltempest
digitaltempest rated it 10 years ago
Astrid Magnussen's mother, Ingrid, is strong, self-relying, and unsympathetic to weakness of any kind. She also has strong rules against love and the way it should be properly handled. Ingrid is Astrid's world, everything she knows she learned from her mother, but she finds herself teaching herself ...
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