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 world
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, striving to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can
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