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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (923 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Courtney Miller Santo Narrator: Karen White Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780062204868
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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.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Santo’s debut offers a compelling look at five strong women…This solid novel will appeal to fans of women’s fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the September 2012 Indie Next List
  • Semifinalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting premise to explore multiple generations of women in a family, but just not enough tension for me. I did like the fact that all of the women did not aspire to the "family" traditions and expectations that the reader might bring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla Cosner | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent read :) loved the women. The ending was a bit abrupt. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 1/29/2014

    " This book was just filled with weirdness. A lot of non-realistics/unbelievable stuff. Not really likeable characters, either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/22/2014

    " I found this book difficult to follow in places due to the multigenerational group of women whose stories are told here. It is an interesting concept; 5 generations of women with the eldest mother at 112 years old, the background of California olive groves and growers and long buried family secrets. It has appeal to women from families of multigenerational females (like mine), but I think the writing could have been a bit better and the ending a bit less ambiguous for my taste. Not sure if this is a first novel by this author, however I think she has great storytelling ability which needs some 'work'. I will keep my eyes open for her next novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/21/2014

    " Explores family relationships and the differences between women in the same family despite the closeness and longevity of its members. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/13/2014

    " I liked this book most of the way through, but did not like the ending. It ended abruptly for me and left me feeling unsatisfied. I felt like there were a lot of loose ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayne | 1/10/2014

    " It is rather a thin story. The Characters are not particularly well developed. The story is an inoffensive read but it just fizzles out at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hlogan | 1/9/2014

    " Meh. Not as good as I wanted it to be. I couldn't get behind any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Ross | 12/21/2013

    " didn't seem to enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lelia Babson | 12/15/2013

    " Interesting description of the lives of five generations of women and their secrets that they hold from each other. Most interesting character is the 112 year old grandmother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 12/3/2013

    " Great read. Left the end open for different endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/30/2013

    " Good story about generations of women...nice story quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carri Randall | 8/26/2013

    " Beyond the natural attraction of the cover and the idea of olives, I was immediately attracted to the idea of family dynamics between sisters and mothers-daughters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/19/2013

    " Interesting and entertaining, somewhat thought provoking. A story about multigenerational women and the fact that no family is without secrets, pain, disappointment...and joy. And what it means to "superage." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystina | 7/2/2013

    " Good story but the ending a little short should have had one more chapter to wrap up the loose ends "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille Turner | 6/30/2013

    " In general, I liked this book. The main characters were so dismissive to each other. Their bitterness was palpable. The ending was rather abrupt and left loose ends. For a sequel perhaps? Did they go on their trip? What did they find? What happened to Bets & Frank? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 6/29/2013

    " Thank goodness I finally finished it. Now I can move onto something that's good! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 6/24/2013

    " I wanted to give this two stars but I was so disappointed in the author's twists and turns of events. The characters were shallow at best, while the plot fizzled inside an extrodinary setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Pfnister | 3/18/2013

    " Terrific! Loved the characters...I found the generational differences believable and complex. The distances from Bets to Callie to Deborah interesting and well-developed. The plot stayed unpredictable to the end and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 3/14/2013

    " Love the title and the concept, but character development was really weak and muddled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/13/2013

    " This was just okay for me. There were elements I really liked, but on the whole, book will be forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/19/2012

    " Good story. Gradually revealed family secrets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 10/2/2012

    " This is a wonderful family saga of five generations of women who tended an olive grove in the Sacramento Valley. The family arrived in 1898 and the main characters claims to be 112 years old. Full of delightful characters, this book is hard to put down. A fun read. "

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About the Author

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. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Irreantum, Sunstone, and Segullah.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.