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Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees

The first book in a trilogy about the Grecos-a New Jersey Italian family. 23 year old middle child, Silvia, tries to unite them in hopes of saving them from devolving into a feuding, unloving family like those of her parents. Filled with humor, wit, insight and unforgettable quirky characters! Best of 2012, Suspense Magazine!

Silvia Greco has been moving from place to place, working dead-end jobs since graduating from art school two years ago. She's broke, unemployed and living with her crazy father when she's drafted into helping her mother organize a family gathering to commemorate her younger brother's high school graduation. Her family is anything but peaceful and haven't been together in over six years. But she's strong-willed and feisty and welcomes the challenge. In her journey to make peace in her family, she learns that peace isn't something that's freely existing but something that needs to be cultivated. In other words, she learns that olive branches don't grow on trees.

Be sure to check out the second book of the trilogy, Discovery of an Eagle, a soulful American road story told from Silvia's older brother's point of view. Filled with colorful characters, vividly painted landscapes and insight, sources such as Kirkus Reviews and Midwest Book Review have called this a poignant, soaring story that takes readers on an emotional odyssey and opens their eyes to new perspectives.


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." 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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About Grace Mattioli

Originally from New Jersey, Grace Mattioli now lives in San Francisco with her husband and three cats. She has been working as a professional librarian for over eighteen years and has been writing creatively since she was a child. In 2012, she published the first book in the Greco family trilogy, Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees. Discovery of an Eagle, just published, is the second book in the trilogy, although it can be read as a stand-alone. In additions to her two novels, she has several works of flash fiction published on the UK Short Humour Site.

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