TLC Book Tours Presents: Roots of Olive Tree Review and Free Giveaway

The Roots of the Olive Tree: A Novel

Release date: 2012 / 320 pages

Synopsis(from Amazon): 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.

Review:   It has been a long time – too long – since I have read a novel considered to be “women’s fiction.”  Honestly, the genre designation is a bit annoying – and limiting.  John Sanford or W.E.B. DuBois is not considered “men’s fiction” – and why can’t men enjoy character-driven fiction in which no one dies, no political intrigue is involved, and the characters are actually believable?  Many men do, actually…  But I digress…

I’m just so glad that I agreed to accept The Roots of the Olive Tree due to an interest in olive oil and in multi-generational fiction.  Santo has created a complex, multi-layered narrative with characters who are interesting and compelling in their own right.  A novel could be written about each woman – I would read each novel! – and I never minded when the narrative shifted since I knew I was in good hands after reading Santos’ first few chapters.

Happily, I believe the ideas of this novel will remain with me as well.  Santos explores family secrets, legacies, and longevity and each of these would spark wonderful book club discussion, with or without the aid of discussion questions.  The “fountain of youth” has always fascinated us – understandably – and each generation of women approach the concept from a fresh and interesting perspective.

So, I strongly recommend this example of “women’s fiction” to book clubs and all readers – of both genders! 🙂

Interested in winning a free copy?  Drop me a comment below and I will choose a lucky winner soon!

Other stops on the tour:

Tuesday, August 21st: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, August 22nd: A Patchwork of Books

Tuesday, August 29th: A Book Geek

Thursday, August 30th: Book Hooked Blog

Monday, September 3rd: Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, September 4th: Iwriteinbooks’ blog

Thursday, September 6th: StephTheBookworm

Friday, September 7th: Kahakai Kitchen

Tuesday, September 11th: Book Club Classics!

Wednesday, September 12th: girlichef

Thursday, September 13th: JulzReads

Wednesday, September 19th: Book Addict Katie

Thursday, September 20th: Chaos is a Friend of Mine

Friday, September 21st: Anglers Rest

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28 Responses to TLC Book Tours Presents: Roots of Olive Tree Review and Free Giveaway

  1. Michael says:

    Nothing like a good inter-generational story to spin a great yarn!

  2. Theresa Cain says:

    This sounds like a winner, and I’d love to walk away as the winner carrying this with me to a quiet place to savor. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Laurie says:

    Reading your review made me think of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder because of the science connection to the novel. I’d love to read this book!

  4. Diane Castiglione says:

    I love the sound of this book. Your review is just great and you make it sound like a book you would want to curl up with to read. Thank you for the review. I would love to read this book.

  5. Anita Yancey says:

    This book sounds really interesting. I would enjoy reading about the older characters, and how they relate to the younger ones.

  6. Peg Sperli says:

    Hi Kristen, My Book Club would actually enjoy my pick this time. Thanks for the offer. Peg

  7. Steve vetter says:

    I’d like to read this book.

  8. Ruthie B says:

    Your review made this sound very interesting…thanks for the chance!

  9. Wendy says:

    Sounds like an excellent book club selection!

  10. ellie says:

    Thanks for this review and great giveaway.

  11. anne says:

    Wonderful novel. Love this type of family saga.

  12. Carl says:

    This sounds like such a great story and the book has so many great reviews. I have to try to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  13. Lisa Garrett says:

    I love family sagas. I would like to read more about these relationships.
    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  14. Margie says:

    This looks like an interesting family drama. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Mary Gillick says:

    Sounds like a great read. Love stories about families. Will suggest this to a couple of our book groups. (Would also like to enter for the free copy. Thank you for offering these books to others)

  16. Teralee ElBasri says:

    This sounds like a fascinating read – would love to get a chance to read it. Sounds like it would be a really cool family to grow up in. 🙂

  17. Kay says:

    Put me in. Thanks

  18. Linda says:

    This area and industry interest me as much as this matriarchial family saga. Please enter my name to win a copy!

  19. Laura Kay says:

    Thanks for the review. I knew this book was about multi generational women and I was interested in reading it, but reading your review makes me want to read it even more. I love a book where all the characters are developed and that I am interested. Sometimes a book only focus on one or two people and are still good books, but something about having a strong cast of characters is so much more interesting to read.

  20. CarolK says:

    Love the cover and the premise.I’ve already read a few pages and this should be a hit.

  21. Heather says:

    I heard Courtney speak at SIBA and she really made me want to read her novel. No need to enter me into the giveaway, I have a copy waiting for me, but your review made me even MORE interested in this one!

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  23. I too am not really a fan of the term “women’s fiction” but this book looks fantastic nonetheless!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  24. Carol M says:

    After reading your review, I can’t wait to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. avalonne83 says:

    Great giveaway! I’d love to be entered.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  26. Debbie says:

    Great review! Thanks for the giveaways!

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  28. Rachel says:

    I agree that a novel could be written about each woman – I’d read every one of them too! (No need to enter me in the giveaway, thanks.)

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