Courtney Miller Santo, author of Three Story House, on tour August 2014

Posted By on August 6, 2014

Three Story House PBAbout Three Story House

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 19, 2014)

As they renovate a historic Memphis house together, three cousins discover that their spectacular failures in love, career, and family provide the foundation for their future happiness in this warm and poignant novel reminiscent of The Postmistress and The Secret Life of Bees.

Approaching thirty and trying to avoid the inescapable fact that they have failed to live up to everyone’s expectations as well as their own aspirations, cousins and childhood best friends Lizzie, Elyse, and Isobel seek respite in an oddly shaped, three-story house that sits on a bluff sixty feet above the Mississippi River.

As they work to restore the nearly condemned house, each woman faces uncomfortable truths about her own failings. Lizzie seeks answers to a long-held family secret about her father in their grandmother’s jumble of mementos and the home’s hidden spaces. Elyse’s obsession with an old flame leads her to a harrowing mistake that threatens to destroy her sister’s wedding. And Isobel’s quest for celebrity tempts her to betray confidences in ways that could irreparably damage her two cousins.

This sharply observed account of the restoration of a house built out of spite but filled with memories of love is also a tale of friendship and a lesson in how relying on one another’s insights and strengths provides the women with a way to get what they need instead of what they want.

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courtney miller santoAbout Courtney Miller Santo

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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Courtney’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 19th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, August 21st: Kritters Ramblings

Monday, August 25th: Always With a Book

Tuesday, August 26th: A Patchwork of Books

Wednesday, August 27th: A Bookish Way of Life

Thursday, August 28th: The Book Bag

Monday, September 1st: From the TBR Pile

Tuesday, September 2nd: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, September 3rd: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, September 5th: Kahakai Kitchen


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