White Oleander by Janet FitchEverywhere 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.
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If anyone tries to tell you that "White Oleander," the movie adaptation of Janet Fitch's highly successful first novel, is a moving story about growth, redemption and self-discovery, don't buy it -- no picture as entertaining as this one deserves to be saddled with those Oprahville catchphrases. But at its best it offers pleasures similar to those of s women's melodramas -- pictures in which the heroine, to borrow a line from Thelma Ritter in "All About Eve," suffers everything but the hound dogs yapping at her rear end. In "White Oleander," it's a sensible but troubled young girl named Astrid Alison Lohman who's suffering these trials and tribulations, which include a crazed, jealous foster mom with a gun, and a real mom who's more dangerous even without a gun.
Janet Fitch has specifically structured the novel so that the time Astrid spends in each location is weighted differently. Astrid spends between one year and eighteen months in three of her foster homes Starr, Ed and Marvel and Claire which amounts to approximately four chapters at each location. However, this time which Astrid spends with Claire- probably the most sustained period of positivity- is surrounded by individual chapters of intense experiences. Astrid spends chapter fifteen with Amelia who treats her foster girls as slaves and denies them food. Had Fitch devoted more of the novel to this situation, the reader may have begun to lose hope for Astrid. Instead, it serves as an intense, painful experience for both Astrid and the reader. When re-assessing the structure of the novel, it was surprising to find that although Astrid only spent a matter of months with Rena at her final foster home, nine chapters were devoted to this experience.
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White Oleander is a novel by American author Janet Fitch. It is a coming-of- age story about a child (Astrid) who is separated from her mother (Ingrid) and.
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Astrid is a twelve-year-old girl who lives with her beautiful mother, Ingrid, a poet. Her mother is the kind of beauty who turns people's heads. Ingrid sees herself as a Valkyrie who would rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven. She sees herself stronger and tries to live her life in simple elegance. Astrid's delicate balance crumbles when her mother falls in love with Barry Kolker, who is the type of man Ingrid deems unworthy of her. When Barry, after wooing her and slipping into their lives, drops her without warning, Ingrid becomes quite psychotic, resulting in his murder.
White Oleander is the story of a young girl, Astrid Magnussen, who in the beginning of the book lives in Los Angeles. She lives with her mother, Ingrid Magnussen, and what memory is left of her father, Klaus. Although Astrid is with her mother, her mother acts as if she is alone. To her mother Astrid is but a mere shadow in the corner, a pet that needs occasional feeding. This attitude creates one of Astrid's biggest fears, abandonment. What little attention Astrid gets is stolen when her mother goes against her morals and falls for the "Goatman", Barry Kolker, leaving astrid alone.