White Oleander: A Novel
Little, Brown and Company
When Ingrid, a brilliant but obsessed poet, is sent to prison for murder, her only child Astrid must find a place for herself as she journeys through a series of foster homes. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become.
Family Relationships; Single parent; Divorce; Foster care; Incarceration; Family violence; single mother; divorced parents; foster parents; foster siblings; foster family; children's home; mother in jail; prison; sexual abuse; abusive foster mothers
single mother; foster mothers and fathers
mothers and daughters; murder; poetry; shelfishness; religion; pedophilia; California; multiple homes; school; coming of age; foster care system
Fitch, Janet, "White Oleander: A Novel" (2000). Diverse Families. 1942.