About The Roots of the Olive Tree• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
Courtney Miller Santo’s compelling and evocative debut novel captures the joys and sorrows of family— the love, secrets, disappointments, jealousies, and forgiveness that tie generations to one another
Meet the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women living together in the same house on a secluded olive grove in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. Anna, the family matriarch, is 112 and determined to become the oldest person in the world. Strong in mind and firm in body, she rules Hill House, the family home she shares with her daughter Bets, granddaughter Callie, great-granddaughter Deb, and great-great-granddaughter Erin.
While the Keller women are bound by blood, living together has not always been easy. And it is about to become more complicated now that Erin, the youngest, is back, alone and pregnant, after two years abroad with an opera company. Her return and the arrival of a geneticist who has come to study the family’s unusual longevity ignites explosive emotions that these women have kept buried and uncovers revelations that will shake them all to their roots.
Readers will find themselves mesmerized by each character and her place in the circle of life. Their individual stories are each amazing in their own complexities. Santo digs deep into each woman's life with wonderful descriptions and flashbacks along with tears and hugs. Written with obvious passion and love for detail, “The Roots of the Olive Tree” is a spectacular family saga that is too rarely found in today’s fiction.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Irreantum, Sunstone, and Segullah. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, two children, and dog. Her most prized possession is a photo of five generations of the women in her own family.
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Courtney’s Tour StopsWednesday, May 1st: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, May 2nd: The Book Bag
Monday, May 6th: Reflections of a Bookaholic
Wednesday, May 8th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Thursday, May 9th: A Dream Within a Dream
Tuesday, May 14th: Traveling With T
Monday, May 27th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Wednesday, May 29th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Thursday, May 30th: Kritters Ramblings
Thursday, June 6th: Amused By Books
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.