The Roots of the Olive Tree: A Novel by Courtney Miller Santo
Hardcover; William Morrow
Release date: August 21, 2012
"What's wrong with letting her believe in the olives? Neither of you can say that the olives had nothing to do with your remarkable health. You don't believe that they have kept you younger than your years, but that's not to say that they haven't." (ch. 7)
About the book: Set in a house on an olive grove in northern California, The Roots of the Olive Tree brings to life five generations of women--including a 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. (Goodreads) The novel also has a geneticist who stirs up the hornet's nest, so to speak, as he unearths secrets while probing into the lives and history of the family.