The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo
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An extraordinary new voice in contemporary woman’s fiction, Courtney Miller Santo makes her magnificent debut with The Roots of the Olive Tree, a novel that will delight fans of Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and the works of Kristin Hannah.

Set in a house on an olive grove in northern California, The Roots of the Olive Tree is a beautiful, touching story that brings to life five generations of women—including an unforgettable 112-year-old matriarch determined to break all Guinness longevity records—the secrets and lies that divide them and the love that ultimately ties them together.

 

About Courtney Miller Santo

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Courtney Miller Santo teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis, where she earned her MFA. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Irreantum, Sunstone, and Segullah. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by William Morrow. 451 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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With fourth-generation Deborah just paroled after 20 years in jail for killing her husband, and her daughter Erin about to have a child with no husband in sight, not to mention matriarch Anna (age 112) only one death away from being the oldest person in the world, there ought to be more excitemen...

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As he succeeded, generations of Keller women made their home at the Hill House, where Anna lived, including Anna’s daughter Bets, Bets’ daughter Callie, Callie’s daughter Deb, and Deb’s daughter Erin.

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Essentially, this novel is about family, love and secrets - who can't love that?

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Each woman is her own person with her own feelings and memories, and the reader gets to meet each of them due to the brilliant way Santo set up the book: each section is a season and it focuses on one of the women, starting with Anna.

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Overall, THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE is an ambitious and compelling novel, which will have readers thinking about the powers of olives and their oil long after the reading is finished."

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“The Roots of the Olive Tree” (William Morrow, $25.99) is Courtney Miller Santo's debut novel, and it is an extraordinary, moving story of family.

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Deseret News

Courtney Miller Santo's first novel "The Roots of the Olive Tree" is a fictional biography of five generations of firstborn, long-lived women who share not only a heritage but a house.

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Vibrant Nation

Courtney Miller Santo’s debut, The Roots of the Olive Tree, slowly reveals the lives of five generations of women in the Keller family, a group of women living together in a house near an olive grove in Kidron, California.

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The family stories and mythologies about incidents in the past are easy to relate to---even though everyone’s family stories are a bit different from everyone else’s, such stories about childhood pranks and how a scar or broken bone was acquired are found in most families, as are teenage angst an...

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