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White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Published by Virago in 1999

Astrid is the only child of a beautiful but obsessed poet whom she worships.
When her mother is imprisoned for life for killing a lover with the poison of oleander flowers, Astrid is placed in foster care. She passes through a series of foster homes ranging from a trailer park to a Hollywood bungalow and a series of foster mothers - one who shoots her and another who starves her. It seems that she has found love and happiness and a chance at life with one rich couple until tragedy occurs and Astrid is on the move again.
This book is a very enjoyable read – a real page-turner.

Reviewed by a Clare County Library staff member