Advance reader reviews of The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo.

The Roots of the Olive Tree

A Novel

By Courtney Miller Santo

The Roots of the Olive Tree
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2012,
    320 pages.

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  • Marie C. (Wyoming, DE)


    The art of aging
    This book about 5 generations of women, all still living, and their secrets offers the reader wonderful insights into the art of aging. It made me want to celebrate those who grow old gracefully and feel tired for those who carry the weight of the world for so long. It was an easy read following the story of one of the women through the seasons of a year. I most enjoyed the story of Elizabeth. Her secrets and inner thoughts were not revealed until the end. Makes you wonder how you would feel faced with the prospect of immortality.
  • Anne B. (Carson City, NV)


    The Roots of the Olive Tree
    This was a fabulous read! I can't express how much I enjoyed this book. The premise of aging and aging in a family of long-lived women was very unusual and since it is a novel I am not sure how much of the science was accurate, but it convinced me. It also made me decide to explore the subject of superagers more thoroughly, which is something I believe a good novel will do; take you beyond the novel into other compatible territory. The characters were so well-drawn and lifelike that I felt I knew them almost from the beginning. Since this is Ms. Santo's first novel, I will be anxious to see what she writes next. I do think this book would be a good book club choice because there is so much "meat" to the characters and their actions.
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