Under the Olive Tree: A Novella

Under the Olive Tree: A Novella

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by Courtney Miller Santo
     
 

In a small town in Northern California, the olives are ripening and the Keller women, a multigenerational family of firstborn daughters, are preparing to send their youngest, Erin, abroad. Although she worries about forsaking her family, she is compelled to take a chance at living her dream.

A crisis the day before she is to leave makes Erin question her

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Overview

In a small town in Northern California, the olives are ripening and the Keller women, a multigenerational family of firstborn daughters, are preparing to send their youngest, Erin, abroad. Although she worries about forsaking her family, she is compelled to take a chance at living her dream.

A crisis the day before she is to leave makes Erin question her choice. Is it possible that before she can return to Hill House, she might lose one of her beloved grandmothers? Because, although she has three caretakers—Anna, her great-great-grandmother; Bets, her great-grandmother; and Callie, her grandmother—Erin has no mother. It is an absence keenly felt and never mentioned.

Under the Olive Tree offers a tantalizing glimpse into the secrets of the Keller women, which spill out in surprising and heartbreaking ways in the forthcoming novel The Roots of the Olive Tree. Enjoy this early taste!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062230737
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
117,476
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Courtney Miller Santo teaches creative writing to college students and lives in Memphis with her husband, two children, and retired racing greyhound.

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Under the Olive Tree: A Novella 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story; as a matter of fact, I though it was quite good, if a little too short,. Unfortunately, it was filled with far too many typos. Why wasn't this book edited more carefully? This is my first Nook book, and although it was under the "free" category, I hope this is not the standard I can expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, it was free! But give us more!!!!! Very intriguing story line with great promise for being interesting until the very end.
TCharley More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Under the Olive Tree and will definitely read Courtney Miller Santo other books. I need to find out more about what happens to all of the family members. I am hooked. There is always drama when you have multiply generations of women living together, but to find out how their lives affect each other is the true story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
18 pages of introduction. This should have been listed as a sample. Too many typos and errors in this for me to buy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel is Roots of the Olive Tree. This prequel is 13 total pages, but as it was free, I can't complain about the length. This was confusing to read, though, because of several characters and even a dog being introduced in such a short time. As the older women themselves had little to distinguish them from each other in the details we are given in such a short read, I was constantly having to look back and try to figure out who was who. As if this isn't confusing enough, several other family members missing from the scene are mentioned by name, with no real explanation for who they are, why they matter to the story, or even what happened to them. I get that Erin's mother is not around, but I had to read the overview for the novel itself to find out that she's in prison. I felt lost in the plethora of characters, uncertain of their exact relationship to each other, and much was implied, but not explained about family history and dynamics. Overall, confusing and completely unsatisfying. Editing was terrible. I won't be buying the novel, as I understand from the reviews that it is more of the same. Too bad- potential is here. As this is a debut novel, perhaps this is an author to watch for the future when she works the kinks out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just okay for me. Not bad just not great either.
TLJo More than 1 year ago
Way too short. Should have been listed as a sample not a novella. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short novella about the same 5 women that were in Roots of the Olive Tree. Highly recommend!
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I didn't love this but the writing was better than I expected.
TrueTexas More than 1 year ago
Under the Olive Tree is a very nice little prequel to the book Roots of the Olive Tree. Anytime I can get a prequel to a book I jump on it and after reading this one I knew I wanted to delve into the lives of 5 generations of strong independent women. Generation books have always been a weakness for me and this book lived up to any hopes I had for a great read. Not to mention I always enjoy learning something new and the detail of the olive business in California was a joy to learn.
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wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be
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