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CHARACTERS ã RANDARENEWABLES.CO.UK ✓ Janet Fitch Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid a brilliant poet i. If nothing else read this book for the language White Oleander reads like a poem It's so beautifully crafted

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READ ´ White Oleander ç Everywhere 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 redee Ith its own laws its own dangers its own hard lessons to be learned becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self discover. There must be a reason why I've been able to recall many of the books I've read over the years but that it took me until one of my most restless and procrastibatory nights in front of the blank Word doc to dredge this one up from the recesses of memory even though I read it within the past year or twoI'm pretty sure I know what that reason is too it's because on some level I'm embarrassed that I read this book and that I actually really liked itI'm pretty sure I know where that embarrassment comes from too it's rooted in some pretty deep level misogyny and discomfort about my most womany womanliness or something like that anywayThis book is the most Oprahiest Book Clubby selection I've ever read in my life It's also the most estrogened out hyper womany fiction I can even begin to think of All the criticisms and stereotypes I and a lot of you hold about lady lit are present here by the bundle poetic even overwrought language; melodramatic plotting; over the top characters; vivid sensual description; almost fetishistic focus on sex sexuality and relationships aw crap I don't even know what my dreadful vestigial stereotypes about women's fiction are only I'm 10000% sure this book fulfilled all of them It's called WHITE FUKKIN OLEANDER for PETE'S SAKEHere's where the internalized misogyny comes in of course because WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THAT This book was far from perfect there are some valid and gender neutral criticisms I have of it but it was good and I enjoyed it and the fact is that I apparently find this somehow embarrassing and on some level must think I should really be digging on Chuck Palahniuk or Ernest Hemingway or that guy who writes those series books about old timey sailing ships that middle aged men love so much Like that is way respectable or something ARGH Have all these thousands of dollars and book hours spent on feminist indoctrination been for naught I ENJOYED WHITE OLEANDER Yes of course it did get a bit too silly for me at times but on the whole I THOUGHT IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD STORYOkay it was melodramatic but that's part of what made it good It's about this blonde shorty with a crazy really horrid white witch of a psycho blonde poet mother who is scorned by this chumpy seeming LA cheeseball in a Hawaiian shirt and hell hath no fury like a psycho poet lady the mom kills guy goes to prison blah blah blah So the kid Astrid or maybe Ingrid I forget winds up in foster care and the book is her bouncing around from LA foster home to foster home and experiencing as my own mother put it all these different types of momsLike Push another book I need to review there are moments you cannot believe the author was able to type with a straight face You're like NO come ON this is RIDICULOUS You can't POSSIBLY make ANOTHER outlandishly bad thing happen to this poor defenseless character Pull yourself together Janet I CAN'T take this seriously Like at one point the girl gets attacked by a dog and I actually started laughing BUT NONE OF IT IS MORE RIDICULOUS THAN JUDE THE OBSCURE WHICH WAS NOT LAST TIME I CHECKED PART OF OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB LADY WRITERS DO NOT HAVE A MONOPOLY ON THIS KIND OF PATHOSAnyway I liked this book I can't believe I'm so defensive about it I must really have issues But does anyone else on here know what I mean I noticed that NONE of my friends have read this book which makes me wonder whether there are others among us who have somehow forgotten as I had myself until I sat down tonight to write a paperBTW I tried reading part of this years ago when the author visited my college writing class she had gone to my school and I couldn't choke it down that first time BUT Ms Fitch did tell a good story about Oprah calling her personally to say she was in the book club which I won't repeat here because I have run out of characters

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White OleanderMprisoned for murder and her daughter Astrid whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes each its own universe w. I have many thoughts that I'm having trouble putting into words Before reading the final chapter of the book I had to put it down lean my head back against the couch and think about the experience I've had while reading this book Astrid's journey her development from girl to woman is remarkably crafted Fitch's writing paints the arid desert and mountain brush in such fine detail Atmospherically this story was superb I was totally immersed in the story in the physical spaces that Astrid inhabits through her 390 page life My only ualm was that I wish there had been a bit explanation from her mother's perspective But that final interaction in the prison wow Just wow It took my breath away If you're struggling to get into this book for the first one or two hundred pages just keep going It's completely worth it