The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel

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  • Author(s): Knipper, Stephanie
  • Publication Information:
    Ed.: First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books. 2016
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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      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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      9781616204181. 9781616207359. 9781616206475.
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      953494274
    • Accession Number:
      1279987
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    • ABNT:
      KNIPPER, S. The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2016. v. First editionISBN 9781616204181. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 12 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Knipper S. The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel. Vol First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580. Accessed December 12, 2019.
    • APA:
      Knipper, S. (2016). The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel (Vol. First edition). Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Knipper, Stephanie. 2016. The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel. Vol. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Knipper, S. (2016) The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 12 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Knipper, S 2016, The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel, vol First edition, Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, viewed 12 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Knipper, Stephanie. The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel. Vol. First edition, Algonquin Books, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Knipper, Stephanie. The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel. Vol. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Knipper S. The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin : A Novel [Internet]. Vol. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books; 2016 [cited 2019 Dec 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1279987&custid=s6224580

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2016 May #2

Growing up on a commercial flower farm in Redbud, KY, Rose and Lucy Martin were more like best friends than sisters. Lucy's compulsive need to count and her fascination with the language of flowers made her stand out in their small town; Seth, the proverbial boy next door, made everything okay. Then Seth left for the seminary, Rose gave birth to Antoinette, and the sisters stopped speaking after Lucy drew attention to Antoinette's differences from other children. Now Rose's heart is failing and she needs Lucy to take guardianship of her daughter. Will Lucy come home? What if she knew Seth was there, too? Knipper skillfully shows the sisters' relationship with complex layers of support and understanding alongside the conflict that drove them apart. Rose's increasingly fragile health is an authentic reason for reconnecting and creates a dramatic twist at the end. Antoinette's abilities remain somewhat mysterious but consistent, allowing readers to accept them without needing them to be defined. Lucy's quirks and romantic dilemmas are nice extras. VERDICT This charming debut will appeal to those seeking elements of magic realism, family relationships, and personal growth, as well as Sarah Addison Allen fans.—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH

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PW Reviews 2016 June #4

Knipper's first novel chronicles how two sisters, Rose and Lily Martin, attempt to mend their longtime rift once Rose realizes that she's dying and that she wants Lily to come home to care for Rose's 10-year-old daughter, Antoinette. Antoinette has never spoken and exhibits other autistic-like behaviors as well as supernatural abilities, including the ability to heal things with her touch. She's currently cared for on a flower farm in Redbud, Ky., by her mom and Rose's childhood friend Seth Hastings, who lives next door. Seth still carries a torch for Lily, despite having left her years ago to go to seminary school. Lily has similar feelings for Seth, though she hides behind her friendship with dashingly handsome Will Grayson, who's also in love with her. Lily, meanwhile, has OCD, which manifests in her need to count things; she's stayed away all these years for fear that exposure to her niece will worsen her tics. But luckily for everyone, Lily and Antoinette warm to each other, though Lily is spooked that Antoinette has the ability to restore the dead and wounded. Though some of the pieces don't quite fit together, the originality of the plot in Knipper's debut will keep readers turning the pages. (Aug.)

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