The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
By Stephanie Knipper
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016. 325 pgs. Fiction
Rose and Lily Martin were inseparable when they were younger. Now, as adults, the sisters have been estranged for many years. Rose reaches out to her sister for help with her 10 year old daughter Antoinette. Antoinette has severe autism that requires constant care but she also has a special gift of being able to heal things with her touch. But each healing causes increasingly severe consequences for Antoinette. Rose's health is failing and she is worried that without Lily's help, people may take advantage of Antoinette's power and put her life in danger.
I really enjoyed this debut novel. I liked that different chapters were narrated by different characters because it gave a more complete view of all that had happened in the past and what was currently happening. My favorite chapters were those of Antoinette because it gave a glimpse of what was happening inside her head. It was also interesting to find out that the author based part of this story on her own experience raising a daughter with disabilities.