By Janet Fitch
(Little, Brown and Company, Mass Market Paperback, 9780316182546, 496pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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When Astrid's mother, a beautiful, headstrong poet, murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life, Astrid becomes one of the thousands of foster children in Los Angeles. As she navigates this new reality, Astrid finds strength in her unshakable certainty of her own worth and her unfettered sense of the absurd.