"Five generations of first-born women in the Keller family live together among Northern California's olive groves. Matriarch Anna is 112 and wants to be the oldest person in the world; she's attracted the attention of a geneticist who wonders if the Keller genes contain the secret to slowing down the aging process. What he discovers in their DNA churns up old secrets, while the return of the now-pregnant youngest daughter, followed by her mother (recently released from prison after killing her husband many years previously), stir up more drama. With stunning descriptions of the olive orchards and plenty in the way of family relationships, this leisurely paced novel offers the perspective of each of the characters in turn." August 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=667162

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