The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin

A Novel

By Stephanie Knipper

In the spirit of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers--and with a touch of the magical--The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a spellbinding debut about a wondrously gifted child and the family that she helps to heal.  

Sisters Rose and Lily Martin were inseparable when growing up on their family’s Kentucky flower farm yet became distant as adults when Lily found herself unable to deal with the demands of Rose’s unusual daughter. But when Rose becomes ill, Lily is forced to return to the farm and to confront the fears that had driven her away.

Rose’s daughter, ten-year-old Antoinette, has a 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 with her touch. She brings wilted flowers back to life, makes a neighbor’s tremors disappear, and even changes the course of nature on the flower farm.

Antoinette’s gift, though, comes at a price, since each healing puts her own life in jeopardy. As Rose--the center of her daughter’s life--struggles with her own failing health and Lily confronts her anguished past, the sisters, 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.

“This is the kind of book that invites you home, sits you down at the kitchen table, and feeds you something delicious and homemade. You will want to stay in this world where new relationships bloom out of broken ones, sisters find one another again, and miracles really do occur.” —Tiffany Baker

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The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is the kind of book that invites you home, sits you down at the kitchen table, and feeds you something delicious and homemade. You will want to stay in this world, where new relationships bloom out of broken ones, sisters find one another again, and miracles really do occur. Antoinette will stick in your head like a beautiful song.”
─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.”
Bookreporter.com
 
“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.”
—Huffington Post
 
“A haunting and beautiful story.”
—The Oklahoman
 
“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.”
—Salisbury Post
 
“This charming debut will appeal to those seeking elements of magic realism, family relationships, and personal growth, as well as Sarah Addison Allen fans.”
Library Journal
 
“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.”
—Kirkus Reviews
 
“The originality of the plot in Knipper’s debut will keep readers turning the pages.”
Publishers Weekly
 
Product Details
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Number of pages
336
Publication date
August 02, 2016
ISBN
9781616204181