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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134,120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Fitch Narrator: Oprah Winfrey Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 become.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 1999
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vishaka Sriram | 2/9/2014

    " Why are you reading this? Just go read the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda Burdick | 1/25/2014

    " Astrid's transformation throughout her teen years in this book is unsettling and yet stunning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/1/2014

    " Dark, depressing, lyrical at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sara Snelling | 11/1/2013

    " While I somewhat appreciated the language, I truly felt down about the subject. I've read many books with somewhat unfortunate stories, but if I learn something valuable or the writing is gorgeous I enjoy it for those qualities. Somehow this one left a bad taste in my mouth and for me, the writing didn't rise up enough to redeem the tone. "

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About the Author
Author Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch’s first novel, White Oleander, a number-one bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, has been translated into twenty-four languages and was made into a feature film. A native of Los Angeles, Fitch currently teaches fiction writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.