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White Oleander

White Oleander

(1998)
A novel by

 
Awards
Oprah's Book Club Best Book (nominee)
Oprah Book Club® Selection, May 1999: Astrid Magnussen, the teenage narrator of Janet Fitch's engrossing first novel, White Oleander, has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife. An uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of Vikings, savages who fought fiercely to survive. And when one of Ingrid's boyfriends abandons her, she illustrates her point, killing the man with the poison of oleander flowers. This leads to a life sentence in prison, leaving Astrid to teach herself the art of survival in a string of Los Angeles foster homes.

As Astrid bumps from trailer park to tract house to Hollywood bungalow, White Oleander uncoils her existential anxieties. "Who was I, really?" she asks. "I was the sole occupant of my mother's totalitarian state, my own personal history rewritten to fit the story she was telling that day. There were so many missing pieces." Fitch adroitly leads Astrid down a path of sorting out her past and identity. In the process, this girl develops a wire-tight inner strength, gains her mother's white-blonde beauty, and achieves some measure of control over their relationship. Even from prison, Ingrid tries to mold her daughter. Foiling her, Astrid learns about tenderness from one foster mother and how to stand up for herself from another. Like the weather in Los Angeles--the winds of the Santa Anas, the scorching heat--Astrid's teenage life is intense. Fitch's novel deftly displays that, and also makes Astrid's life meaningful. --Katherine Anderson

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2000 : USA Turtleback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-606-19031-7 / 978-0-606-19031-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 2000 : USA Library Binding
Title: White Oleander (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Oprah's Book Club (Prebound))
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-4176-9895-0 / 978-1-4176-9895-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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September 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-7862-2095-3 / 978-0-7862-2095-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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May 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: White Oleander : A Novel
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-7429-0731-7 / 978-0-7429-0731-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
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December 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-316-56932-1 / 978-0-316-56932-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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April 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-316-28526-9 / 978-0-316-28526-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown Company
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1999 : USA Hardback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-316-28522-6 / 978-0-316-28522-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Paperback Editions

August 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): no name
ISBN: 1-86049-793-4 / 978-1-86049-793-3 (UK edition)
Publisher:
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August 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-316-16045-8 / 978-0-316-16045-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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1999 : UK Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-86049-802-7 / 978-1-86049-802-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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January 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-86049-951-1 / 978-1-86049-951-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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November 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Large Print Press - White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-4104-0081-6 / 978-1-4104-0081-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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September 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: White Oleander: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-316-18254-0 / 978-0-316-18254-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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April 2001 : Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 4444407344 / 978-4444407342
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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November 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-86049-804-3 / 978-1-86049-802-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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November 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: White Oleander Poster
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-356-22235-7 / 978-0-356-22235-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-7862-2166-6 / 978-0-7862-2166-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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May 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-316-28495-5 / 978-0-316-28495-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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July 1999 : USA Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-316-28508-0 / 978-0-316-28508-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. 99
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July 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-86049-689-X / 978-1-86049-689-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Audio Editions

May 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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September 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-59483-570-5 / 978-1-59483-570-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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August 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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August 2006 : UK Audio edition
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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June 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: White Oleander: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-57042-821-2 / 978-1-57042-821-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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December 1999 : USA Audio edition
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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June 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-7887-3471-7 / 978-0-7887-3471-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.
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1999 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: White Oleander
Author(s):
ISBN: 0-7366-4658-2 / 978-0-7366-4658-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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1999 : USA Audio CD
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-7887-3970-0 / 978-0-7887-3970-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

1999 : USA Audio CD
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 1-4193-5805-7 / 978-1-4193-5805-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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