The Roots of the Olive Tree

The Roots of the Olive Tree
The Roots of the Olive Tree
The Roots of the Olive Tree:  Set in northern California, a beautiful and touching debut novel.
This is a novel that brings to life,  five generations of women.
The secrets and lies, that divide them and the love that ultimately brings them together.

Meet the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women.
A line of daughters unbroken, living together.
All in the same house,  on a secluded olive grove in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California.

Anna, the family matriarch, is 112.
She is determined to become the oldest living woman in the world.
An indomitable force,  strong in mind and firm in body.

She rules Hill House, the family home she shares with her daughter Bets and  granddaughter Callie.
Also with her great-granddaughter Deb, and great-great granddaughter Erin.
Though they lead ordinary lives, there is an element of the extraordinary to these women.
All are defying longevity norms.

Their unusual lifespans have caught the attention of a geneticist.
The geneticist believes they hold the key to breakthroughs that will revolutionize the aging process for everyone.

But Anna is not interested in unlocking secrets the Keller blood holds. There are some truths that need to stay hidden, she believes.

Including certain knowledge about her origins that she has carried for more than a century.
Like Anna, each of the Keller women conceals their true selves from the others.

While they are bound by blood and the house they share, living together has not always been easy.
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 the geneticist,   who has come to study the Keller family ignites explosive emotions.
Emotions that these women have kept buried and that will uncover revelations that will shake them all to their roots.

This is told from varying viewpoints.
The novel captures the joys and sorrows of the family.
The love, secrets, disappointments, jealousies, and forgiveness that tie the generations to one another.

About the Author  –  Courtney Miller Santo
Courtney Miller Santo teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis, where she received her MFA.
She has a BA in journalism from Washington and Lee University.
Although born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she has spent most of her adult life in the South.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review, Irreantum, Sunstone and Segullah.

 The Roots of the Olive Tree

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