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White Oleander by Janet Fitch
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Jul 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult, coming-of-age, fiction, family, journey, mental-illness, movie, poverty, resiliency, reviewed, survival, weeper
Read in June, 2012

Beautifully written and heartbreaking, I found this book while looking for books by Fannie Flagg. I was really in the mood for something uplifting (ala "Fried Green Tomatoes & The Whistlestop Cafe"), but the darker, more miserable side of myself was drawn to the title..... White Oleander.... It sounded somber yet beautiful. And it was! This "Oprah's Book Club" pick chronicles of the coming-of-age years of Astrid, whose mother is put into prison for poisoning her boyfriend. Astrid is tossed from one unbelievably horrible foster home situation to the next, somehow still retaining her core spirit and becoming more and more resilient. I loved this book and enjoyed wallowing in the sadness of Astrid's life. If you're in the mood for a book that makes you feel so sad that you almost feel good, read this.

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