Title Profile & Character Information

White Oleander

Annotation
A New York Times Bestseller Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery -- but their idyll is shattered when Ingrid falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, she murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place herself in impossible circumstances. Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned. 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.

Awards
1999  Friends of Libraries U. S. A. Readers' Choice Award

Characters
NameMagnussen, Astrid
GenderFemale
TraitFatherless

NameMagnussen, Ingrid
GenderFemale
OccupationPoet
TraitsSingle mother
Convict
Murderer

GenrePsychological
Coming of age
Fiction
TopicsFoster care
Self-discovery
Dysfunctional families
Mothers and daughters
Childhood trauma
SettingSouthern California