Saturday, August 13, 2016
The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper
This book is lovely, sad, and a bit creepy. It reminds me a little bit of Alice Hoffman's magical realism. Rose is dying and she finally calls her sister Lily to come back to their childhood home, a cut flower farm, that Rose is running with Lily's ex-boyfriend, Seth. Rose needs Lily to care for her non-verbal, autistic daughter, Antoinette, who has the peculiar gift of being able to heal people and other living things. Healing others, however, gives her seizures. Lily is joined by her best friend Will, who is a doctor. Together, can they save Rose and Antoinette? I enjoyed that parts of the story were told by Antoinette, explaining how she felt even though she could not express it verbally. The story is mostly sweet, but also a bit peculiar. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.