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─Tiffany Baker, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
“Overall, Stephanie Kipper has written a stunning and lyrical debut worthy of a read – complete with complex relationships, deep meaning and, above all, loves that conquer all.”
“Stephanie Knipper’s rich prose moves us through Rose, Lilly, and Rose’s daughter, Antoinette’s points of view to weave this beautiful portrait of a family as they grow through life’s difficult moments.”
“A haunting and beautiful story.”
“Full of wonder, told gently and with great respect… What’s beautiful about the book is the deep love between mother and child, sister and sister, man and woman. There’s a sense of abiding hope amidst sorrow, of life and light, underscored by the flowers, always the flowers... The novel is about how all those sounds, the hum of the plants and the people, the words spoken and unspoken, the infinite power of touch, makes us human and divine. It shows that love itself is the miracle.”
“This charming debut will appeal to those seeking elements of magic realism, family relationships, and personal growth, as well as Sarah Addison Allen fans.”
“The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a lovely story of family and love, with a few miracles mixed in.”
—NY Journal of Books
“…captivating…and finely written.”
“The originality of the plot in Knipper’s debut will keep readers turning the pages.”
From the Back Cover
From The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Antoinette sits on the chair next to me, bouncing. It took three months to get this appointment. Now that it’s here, I want to be somewhere else, anywhere else.
Dr. Ketters jots some notes in Antoinette’s file. She has been in the room for less than five minutes. When she looks up and smiles softly, I know something is wrong.
“Antoinette displays a lot of autistic behaviors,” she says. “She not classically autistic. She’s affectionate.” Right now Antoinette is leaning into me, lacing her fingers through mine. “I can’t give you an exact diagnosis. She doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. But I can tell you that she will most likely require lifelong care.”
Dr. Ketters is still talking when I walk out of the exam room, but I’m not listening. As we leave, I think of the second list I made. The one I didn’t show the doctor. On it, I listed the way Antoinette’s fingers clasp mine when we walk in the garden. The way my heart beats easier when she is next to me. The way she taps my back, and I know it means I love you.
- ASIN : B01B3VMBUQ
- Publisher : Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (August 2, 2016)
- Publication date : August 2, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1441 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1616207353
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #274,832 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A dear book friend, Nita, sent me this book, and she has my gratitude. I read this in less than 24 hours, and I'm sad that it's over. I work with kids who have disabilities, so I quickly wanted to get to know Antoinette. I enjoy gardening, so the Victorian flower meaning references were a wonderful bonus. This is a special heartwarming book about family and forgiveness, differences and disabilities. Nothing too heavy and a well-written escape. I'll definitely be following this author.
This novel is beautifully written, almost lyrically so, as if the songs that Antoinette hears are woven into the very words that tell her family's story. There are no careless misspellings or casual misuse of tenses, just flowing, enriching prose that illuminates the delicacy or strength of the emotions being felt.
The characters are just everyday people, no earthmovers or super heroes among them. It is their hearts and humanity that raise them above the ordinary: their ability to love that makes them unique.
I read voraciously, devouring all types of books, by authors of every interest and skill level. Some are like fluffy cotton candy: fun while they last but then forgotten. Others become entryways into worlds that entrance and are to be revisited with each new volume. Lastly, there are the special ones, those rarities that engage the essence of the reader and don't let go, that are re- read and thought about. This unassuming, quiet, beautiful book has the depth to be that kind of special book. I am so blessed to have stumbled across it.
Wish there were more options than just 5 stars, I would have given it a 4.5.
There were a few too many sentences that broke grammar rules, and that really distracts me.
Without giving any spoilers, the ending was a little anticlimatic...I wish it had been handled a little differently. Also, there were some parts (Eli at the end) that were counterintuitive.
Overall, a good read.