White Oleander: A Novel

Title

White Oleander: A Novel

Authors

Janet Fitch

Publisher

Little, Brown and Company

Publication Year

2000

ISBN

9780316284950

Pages

480 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

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

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother; foster mothers and fathers

Keywords

mothers and daughters; murder; poetry; shelfishness; religion; pedophilia; California; multiple homes; school; coming of age; foster care system

Diversity Impact

direct

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