Best of 2012, Suspense Magazine
The first book in the Greco Family Trilogy, this is the story of a 23 year old woman's journey to bring peace to her feuding family, while finding direction in her own life. The second book, Discovery of an Eagle, is available now! "
The author weaves a tale that is a moving and realistic portrayal of a dysfunctional family with enough drama and humorous family situations that will keep the reader engaged and entertained, while providing a witty sense of humor and subtle messages of life lessons to extend the olive branch and learn to live, love and forgive." Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"The sequences of Silvia's recollections into the past with her strong willed, born ahead of her time grandmother, the jobs she has held, and lost as it were, are nothing short of brilliant." Chapters and Chats Book Reviews
"Grace's intimate knowledge of her subject shows in her frank and open style of writing, which invites the reader into the lives of the Greco family, as though they were long lost friends and therefore there is no need to stand on ceremony, or pretend that things are not just as they are. An amazingly perceptive, cleanly written and well told story, marks Grace Mattioli's debut novel." Fiction-books.biz Book Reviews
"The author...manages to make us care about this family. All of the Grecos...are entertaining and their quirks are endearing. OLIVE BRANCHES DON'T GROW ON TREES is a very real drama that gets to the heart of the conflict within the Greco family." Indie Reader Reviews
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Grace Mattioli brilliantly weaves an account of the Greco family's coping with Frank, their alcoholic father, who is still a functioning courtroom judge, and their mother, Donna, who has finally left him. Their daughter, Silvia Greco, precocious, offbeat, lonely, self-doubting, now back at the family house, longs for "normal" family events, relationships and support. Sylvia is remorseful of her past experiences in other cities, upset about not findng a job that makes her happy, but most of all, struggles to find a connection with all of her immediate family. Sylvia loves her younger brother. Her goal is to make his high school graduation a memorable celebration and unite the whole family. Few books explore the trauma of adult children of an alcoholic parent, who are further impacted by their other parent's finally leaving their alcoholic father. This very visual perspective of life in New Jersey, alcoholic rage, consequences of an abusive marriage, and adult chidren coping with a disfunctional family is required reading for psych students, marriage and family counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychaiatrists. Anyone interested in a fast moving, fascinating, entertaining, yet serious read, will really enjoy Grace Mattioli's well crafted book .Ruth Amernick, former book reviewer for "Library Journal", "San Francisco Chronicle", "School Library Journal".
Love, love love this book. The characters are well developed... I can see each one in my minds eye.. This is a story that could be the story of a many American families, even if you changed the area, the background and the genders of the characters. the writing is well done, and there are quirky fun moments as well as serious ones... I laughed, I cried... I am looking forward to the next novel and the continuation of this family saga.. Hurry, Grace!!! ... Not sure why, but this won't let me use a name, either anonymous or nothing... Pam Donham Suitt
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It's well written, it's witty, and it's a genuinely moving story of a very interesting and unique Italian American family, told through the eyes of a young woman trying to make peace with her family under not exactly ideal conditions. It's a real "slice-of-life". The characters are simply delightful. They really come off of the page and LIVE, and I found myself truly hoping for their well-being. Grace Mattioli's writing is quite humorous at times. Some of her descriptions and dialog have a quirky, funny charm about them that actually made me laugh out loud!
This book was amazing. I feel like I have known Silvia and her family my whole life. Admittedly, I am from New Jersey and do have a large, Italian family, but even so, I think that Silvia, the best part of the book, speaks to everyone. To me, a book is good when it makes me laugh and cry. A great book makes me laugh and cry - and keeps me thinking about it months later. Olive Branches definitely falls into the great book category. Grace Mattioli has done a tremendous job of bringing these characters to life and I thank her for introducing me into their universe. This is definitely a job well done.
I loved this book! Grace Mattioli did an amazing job of writing the story of an Italian American family from New Jersey, and one family member's pursuit to reunite her family under very difficult circumstances. You will surely relate to one of the unique family members as I did. Grace Mattioli's book gives hope to those striving to bring peace to their families in the midst of dysfunction and chaos. "Olive Branches" will leave you thinking about the concept of peace and harmony long after you finish it! This is a great summer read!!! Loved it!!!