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REVIEW: The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper


Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Magical Realism
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
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Sisters Rose and Lily Martin were inseparable when they were kids. As adults, they’ve been estranged for years, until circumstances force them to come together to protect Rose’s daughter. Ten-year-old Antoinette has a severe form of autism that requires constant care and attention. She has never spoken a word, but she has a powerful gift that others would give anything to harness: she can heal things with her touch. She brings wilted flowers back to life, makes a neighbor’s tremors disappear, changes the normal course of nature on the Kentucky flower farm where she and her mother live.

Antoinette’s gift, though, puts her own life in danger, as each healing comes with an increasingly deadly price. As Rose—the center of her daughter’s life—struggles with her own failing health, and Lily confronts her anguished past, they, and the men who love them, come to realize the sacrifices that must be made to keep this very special child safe.

Written with great heart and a deep understanding of what it feels like to be “different,” The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a novel about what it means to be family, and about the lengths to which people will go to protect the ones they love.

~* My Review *~

5 Stars

As I sit down to write this review, I’m a little shocked to learn thatThe Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is Stephanie Knipper’s debut novel. Aside from the pacing, which dragged a little especially in the first half, I can think of nothing but good things to say. Most of the story takes place on a commercial flower farm in Kentucky and Knipper immerses the reader with vivid imagery, allowing us to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste everything about that beautiful place. Add to that exquisite writing, complex characters, heartrending conflict, and a dash of magical realism, and I’m happy as a clam. I can’t wait for Knipper’s next book.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.




Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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