May 9, 2013

The Roots of the Olive Tree Blog Tour: Review

The Roots of the Olive Tree
Author: Courtney Miller Santo
Genre: General Fiction/Literary Fiction/Women's Fiction
Release Date: April 23, 2013 (Paperback edition)
Publisher: William Morrow


An extraordinary new voice in contemporary woman's fiction, Courtney Miller Santo makes her magnificent debut with 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.  

The Roots of the Olive Tree is a lyrical and beautifully written story about a family's saga through the women that hold the secrets and heart throughout the years. It tells the tale of Anna, the matriarch, along with her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter, and also her great-great-granddaughter. The author expertly weaves together tales and memories from each of the women's lives, along with the history of the town and the home that holds them all together - Hill House. The writing is so incredibly vivid and descriptive with an abundant talent that it's almost unbelievable that this is her debut novel. The story delves into the personal details, family secrets, family ties and the love that holds them all together throughout the generations. The writing is incredibly well done and expertly weaves together several smaller story lines and manages to cross time barriers with seamless perfection. This is a fantastic novel that bridges several genres including literary fiction, historical, women's fiction, chick lit, and general fiction. It's well constructed plot and the effortless flow of the writing will surely appeal to fans of all genres. A highly recommended novel for those who wish to delve into the love, secrets, lies, and family ties that bind us all together.

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. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review, Irreantum, Sunstone and Segullah. Her debut novel THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE will be published this year by William Morrow. For more information please visit (Taken from Goodreads)

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1 comment:

  1. I love multi-generational stories especially when they are all about the women. Sounds like I'd enjoy this one!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.