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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:
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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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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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