"Anna Davison Keller wanted to be the oldest person in the world. She felt she was owed this distinction, due to the particular care she'd taken with the vessel God had given her. In her morning prayers, she made a show, in case God himself was watching, of getting out of bed and onto her knees. She spoke to God in his language--asking for a length of days to be added to the one hundred and twelve years she'd already lived and pleading for health in her navel and marrow in her bones. She didn't say outright that God ought to strike dead the jo-fired man in China who was keeping her from the title, but after all these years, surely, God knew her heart."
SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: I have finished reading this book and I enjoyed it. It was well written and the women were interesting and believable, and each one had her own compelling story. But I'll admit that I kept getting the characters confused--who was whose grandmother? Only after I'd finished it did I discover there was a genealogy chart at the beginning.
- Sandy Nachlinger
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