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The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo
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Jul 11, 2012

it was amazing
Read from July 06 to 11, 2012



The Roots Of The Olive Tree
By
Courtney Miller Santo

My " in a nutshell" summary...

This is a novel of generations of women within the same family. They have an attachment to olives and olive oil. They pretty much all have a good measure of dysfunction. The oldest one, Anna, wants to be the oldest living person ever.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I had a total fascination for the women in this novel. Anna comes first...the oldest...still active and vibrant...is it the hot water, lemon and olive oil that she drinks daily? Or something else? These women will be a part of a study to determine what keeps them young and strong.

The other women are less easy to love but add that lovely dysfunction that I so love to this story. In the truest sense this is a saga...from the early days and early beginnings of the town of Kidron and its olive groves to what is happening to all of the girls now...right now!!!

The story unfolds itself beautifully...the characters are memorable...we see all their faults and flaws and all of the tangled relationships with each other. They band together, they fall apart and ultimately come together again.

There is something special about this book...it fascinated me...it is the story of a family of women with everything exposed...

What I loved about this book...

It was a meandering book...it took many directions. Some were surprising...especially Deborah's story.

What I did not love...

Nothing really...it was a lovely, relaxing, enjoyable book.

My final thoughts...

The cover of this book sort of made me want to read it...very superficial of me but the book is far more than its cover. I loved it.
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