Shailene Woodley Stars in White Bird in a Blizzard
I am sixteen when my mother steps out of her skin one frozen January afternoon–pure self, atoms twinkling like microscopic diamond chips around her perhaps the chiming of a clock, or a few bright flute notes in the distance–and disappears. No one sees her leave, but she is gone.
White Bird in a Blizzard is a novel written by Laura Kasischke and now to be directed and written by Gregg Araki starring Shailene Woodley, Shiloh Fernandez, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni and Thomas Jane.
Kat is a 17-year-old girl in the suburbs, growing up in the late 1980s and observing her parents’ dysfunctional marriage at close hand while trying to cope with first love, relationships, sex and friendships – all the growing pains that being 17 involves.
When her mother disappears one day, the police think she’s probably run off, perhaps with a boyfriend; Kat thinks her mother just got so fed up with her boring, empty, perfect-housewife life that she finally left it to find something better.
Kat herself doesn’t know how she feels about that; truly, she doesn’t really feel much of anything, especially because her mother had recently been so intrusive in her life. Her father seems meek and lost after her mother leaves, but both of them will eventually have to pick up the pieces and go on.
If only Kat would stop having those disturbing dreams about where her mother might be….