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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
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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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May 2000 : USA Library Binding
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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 Books
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September 1999 : USA Hardback
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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October 1999 : USA Paperback
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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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November 2000 : UK Paperback
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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
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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
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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 : UK Paperback
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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
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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September 2006 : USA Audio CD
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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
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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August 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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June 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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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
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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December 1999 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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June 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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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
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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
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
ISBN: 0-7887-3970-0 / 978-0-7887-3970-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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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
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Kindle Editions

March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Virago
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September 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: White Oleander
Author(s): Janet Fitch
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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