Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers,... show more
Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned-becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.
Publish date: May 1st 2000
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
I'm completely angry at myself for leaving this book unread and on a shelf for as long as I did. White Oleander is one of the most unique and beautifully written books that I've come across.
I disliked the book at first. The prose is too flowery to my taste and the story was rather flat. But at some point in the middle, I started to feel a connection to Astrid. The story itself is great, although it's no fairy tale. I still don't like the flowery words, though, and they often don't soun...
"The phoenix must burn to emerge."This book was all about this quote - a phoenix (Astrid) who burns and emerges in the end.I came across ‘White Oleander’ by few quotes which I loved, which made me curious to read this book to know what was it about. And then fell in love with it!! I would like to po...
Seductive and intoxicating is what this book is. The descriptive writing and metaphors are sensual and so very beautiful. It draws you in like a warm, comfortable fire on a cold day, and when you get too close and are in danger of getting burnt (from the storyline), you still cannot tear yourself aw...
Strong, dynamic work that deserves its solid 4/5. Short of being a "timeless classic" or a work of "great literature," White Oleander succeeds in winning sympathy for a girl swept along by tragedy but finding inner-strength to honestly express who she is. One is convinced, moreover, of the sincerity...