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Virago editions have already sold over 140,000 copies.

'Graceful' THE TIMES

'Poignant, virtuosic and utterly captivating' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'However good the film version, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Renee Zellwegger, it won't beat Janet Fitch's reissued novel White Oleander.' ' "Liquid poetry" is how Oprah Winfrey described it.' IN STYLE UK

'Extraordinary ... Her prose is full of startling images, snippets of poetry and one magnificent, blisteringly angry "found" poem. This highly impressive debut takes on all the big themes' OBSERVER

'Tangled, complex and extraordinarily written' OBSERVER

'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 mould 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, Amazon.co.uk

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* A novel that is as beautiful and as dangerous as the Oleander * Chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her booclub * Over a million copies in print * Film will star Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger, Robin Wright Penn and Alison Lohman as Astrid

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd; New edition edition (1 January 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860498027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860498022
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,16,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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