Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Roots of the Olive Tree

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


The Roots of the Olive Tree
By Courtney Miller Santo
Publication Date: August 21

From Amazon:

"In the olive grove, you've got to be wise in the feet and wild in the head." At the heart of this beautiful debut novel are five generations of firstborn Keller women who live in the same house on an olive grove in secluded northern California. Matriarch Anna is 112 and trying to be the oldest woman in the world - and succeeding heartily. Her daughter Bets, granddaughter Callie, great-granddaughter Deb, and great-great granddaughter Erin are also defying the limits imposed on our lives. When a geneticist comes to study these marvel of longevity, Erin announces she is pregnant with a firstborn boy and the Keller women's world is blown wide open. The family's lives, tied so closely with the land and the olive trees, are richly evoked with memories echoing across generations. Told in turn through the perspective of each of the women, the mystery of their existence is revealed in rich, compassionate writing that will remain a treasure across the generations.


What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

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50 comments:

HayleyAG said...

Great Pick! Happy Wednesday! :)

FABR Steph said...

Intiguing synopsis. I will be on the lookout for this one for sure.

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

Sounds like an interesting family. And wow I wish I could live to be 112! Happy reading!

Lea said...

This sounds like a really interesting story! Here is my WoW for this week :)

~Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

Keksi said...

Oh, I might look into this one! I like multi-generational stories and haven't read a good one in a while.

Unabridged Bookshelf said...

Sounds so interesting, especially with the 112 year old trying to be the oldest woman. Thanks for sharing, and for always hosting!

TylerRosexD said...

Sounds interesting... Great pick :)

Lu said...

Roots of the Olive Tree sounds so good! Thanks for always hosting this :)

Happy Wednesday :)

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The Lost Lola said...

Nice choice! Happy Wednesday!

aparajita said...

SOunds like an interesting book...

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Mari said...

This sounds like a very interesting debut novel! It's hereby added to my wishlist

Tina's Blog said...

Gee, We are on the same wavelength again. I laughed when I saw your choice this week!

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Oh, I love stories like this! Great pick.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds so intriguing! Thanks for sharing....

Book me! said...

What a great pick! Here's my WOW

Jenna D. said...

I usually don't get into Generation stories, but reading about the world's (hopefully) oldest woman and her many, living ancestors might be interesting. Thanks for sharing!!

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Lisa Marie @ The Young Adult Connection said...

That sounds like a good one. Great pick!

:).

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Too funny, you and Tina picked the same book. It does sound good.

Cheerybell said...

I love reading this kind of stories. Reminds me of my all-time favourite, Little Women. Great pick and happy Wednesday.
This is my first ever WOW post.

Hollie said...

This sounds really interesting!

Lili said...

Interesting pick! Here's my first ever WoW!
http://lilisreflections.blogspot.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday-1.html

bermudaonion said...

That sounds like a book I'd love!

Amy said...

That sounds interesting. Not my type of read, but I can see the appeal to it. It sounds like a great story.

Kristen said...

This looks phenomenal. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Tiffany Drew said...

Great choice :)

Ellen said...

Interesting choice :)


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averydisorientedreader said...

Oooohhh ... Sounds interesting. :)

WulfLuva said...

Never heard of it before... Will check it out.

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Cherie Reich said...

Although it might not be a book I would typically read, it does sound like a fascinating story.

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Bookaholic 007 said...

Looks great! Here is my WoW!
http://blogofabookaholic.blogspot.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday-3-23-may-2012.html

Joy said...

This sounds like mine kind of read. Great choice! Happy Reading this week :)

Tammy Sparks said...

Wow Jill, this sounds great! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Theta Sigma said...

Hi Jill.

Sounds like an interesting story. A pity that it doesn't get released in the UK until August.

Thank you for adding a new one to my ever expanding To Buy list.

Ann @ Tea And Text said...

I'm curious as to the existence of men in this olive grove...

Tribute Books Mama said...

A great pick, sounds good.

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Wickedly Delicious said...

Happy Wednesday. Looks good.

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Kim@Time2Read said...

This really looks like my kind of read. I'll be adding it to my TBR!

simplyannarenee said...

This book sounds pretty good. I am going to have to read it!

Neyra said...

awesome pick this week! :) Looks like an interesting book, though not one in my go-to genre :P

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kimba88 said...

Awesome pick this week!

Mel - Thedailyprophecy. said...

Interesting!

http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday-13-adrienne-stoltz.html

Bookworm said...

I like this Waiting on Wednesday thing, great pick! Here's my first WoW http://bookworminlove.blogspot.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday.html
Happy Wednesday!

magictimebear13 said...

Awesome pick! I did my first WoW ever today!

Mel said...

This one sounds good, I will be adding it to my list!

Lark Andrea said...

This sounds like my kind of books. Thanks for sharing!

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Tiffany Sill said...

Looks like an amazing book! :)

QuirkyBookNerd said...

I just pre-ordered this book after reading your review. I love books that follow multiple generations and it doesn't hurt that my great grandmother was 102 when she passed. Keep the review coming!!

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bookishhobbit said...

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Kait said...

Sound really good! Here's our WoW for this week.

http://2-b-read.blogspot.com/2012/05/2nd-waiting-on-wednesday-before-i-wake.html