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The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo
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Sep 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: foodie-books, foodie-fiction, fiction, reading-for-review

the Keller family is five generations of firstborn women led by Anna, a matriarch of 112, bound and determined to be named the oldest person in the world and showing few signs of slowing down anytime soon. Anna lives in the family home on a secluded olive grove outside Kidron, a small town in Northern California with her daughter Elizabeth (Bets) and granddaughter Callie. Great-granddaughter Deb is doing time for killing her husband and great-great granddaughter Erin has recently returned home from an opera tour in Italy pregnant, and seeking solace and support from her family, determined to get her mother paroled before the birth of her child. The unusual life-spans of these first-born daughters has caught the eye of a prominent geneticist who believes that they may hold the key to understanding aging and prolonging the life-spans for everyone, and he comes to interview and do genetic testing on the family.

he Roots of the Olive Tree is beautiful and compelling book that chapter by chapter unravels the love, conflict and emotional intricacies at the heart of every family. It's a book that will appeal particularly to those who like novels featuring strong and real female characters.

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