WHITE OLEANDER by Janet Fitch: Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned-becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.
"I love this book! I had heard abou tthis book for years and then my dear friend Julia Roberts did an interview in 'O, The Oprah Magazine' and she listed this as one of her favorite books of all times. The book I love so much--recommended to me by Julia--is 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' by Carson McCullers. It's a great, great read and not hard at all."--Oprah