- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062130528
- ISBN-13: 978-0062130525
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Meet the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women 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. 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.
While the Keller women are bound by blood, 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 a geneticist who has come to study the family's unusual longevity ignites explosive emotions that these women have kept buried and uncovers revelations that will shake them all to their roots.
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I attended a reading of this novel by the author, and I can see how her background comes out in the book. She has a bunch of strong women in her family, from whom she candidly draws much of her material. Santo has a gift for weaving family tales into novels that allow others a glimpse of family bonds forged by the joys and sorrows that vibrant living brings.
The author put so much work into this, I really tried to like it, but by the time I reached the unsatisfactory ending, I wish that I'd never started reading it in the first place.