Meet the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women--an unbroken line of daughters--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. An indomitable force, 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. Though they lead ordinary lives, there is an element of the extraordinary to these women: the eldest two are defying longevity norms. Their unusual lifespans have caught the attention of a geneticist who 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. She believes there are some truths that must stay hidden, including certain knowledge about her origins that she has carried for more than a century. Like Anna, each of the Keller women conceals her true self from the others. While they are bound by blood and the house they share, 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 the geneticist who has come to study the Keller family ignites explosive emotions that these women have kept buried and uncovers revelations that will shake them all to their roots. Told from varying viewpoints, 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.
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Courtney Miller Santo will be at That Bookstore In Blytheville August 27 from 4:30-6:00 to promote her new book, Roots Of The Olive Tree. Come down and meet this outstanding author!
About The Book: 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.
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Book Your Lunch with debut author Courtney Miller Santo on Friday, August 24th, from 12-2 pm at The Lazy Goat in downtown Greenville. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance at http://www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540. The featured author will read from their work (or give a 20-minute talk), followed by a Q&A session, a delicious lunch, and then an onsite book-signing session with the author. Books may be purchased from Fiction Addiction in advance or during the event. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today! Courtney Miller Santo’s debut novel, The Roots of the Olive Tree (William Morrow, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 8/21/12), follows the lives of five women from different generations of the same family tree , all living together under one roof. The Keller family is five generations of firstborn women living together in the same house in a secluded olive grove in Northern California. Anna, the family matriarch, is 112 years old and determined to become the oldest living woman in the world. She is a true force of nature and rules over Hill House, the family home she shares with her daughter Bets, granddaughter Callie, great-granddaughter Deb, and great-great-granddaughter Erin. Although they live relatively ordinary lives, there is an extraordinary element to each of these women — all are defying longevity norms. And their unusual lifespans have caught the attention of a geneticist who believes the family might hold the secrets to revolutionizing the aging process for everyone. But Anna is not interested in unlocking the secrets the Keller blood holds. In fact, there are a great many secrets that Anna would prefer remain hidden forever. With the arrival of the curious geneticist coinciding with the return home of a pregnant and alone Erin, the youngest, explosive emotions are ignited and the exposure of revelations long-hidden threaten to break to the surface and shake the lives of all the women to their roots. Told from varying viewpoints, Courtney Miller Santo’s compelling and evocative debut captures the joys and sorrows of family as well as the love, secrets, disappointments, jealousies, and forgiveness that tie generations to one another. (fictionaddiction-sc)… (more)
Event location: The Lazy Goat / 170 River Place / Greenville, SC 29601
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 and although born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she’s spent most of her adult life in the South.