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The Quintland sisters / Shelley Wood.

Wood, Shelley, author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library WOO (Text) 33500013017215 New In transit -
Gonvick LINK Site WOO (Text) 33500013017207 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062839091
  • ISBN: 0062839098
  • Physical Description: 444, 8 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes readers guide with discussion questions.
Includes P.S.: Insights, Interviews & more...
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 443-444).
Summary, etc.: The story of the Dionne Quintuplets, the world's first identical quintuplets to survive birth, told from the perspective of a midwife in training who helps bring them into the world. Reluctant midwife Emma Trimpany is just 17 when she assists at the harrowing birth of the Dionne quintuplets: five tiny miracles born to French farmers in hardscrabble Northern Ontario in 1934. Emma cares for them through their perilous first days and when the government decides to remove the babies from their francophone parents, making them wards of the British king, Emma signs on as their nurse. Over 6,000 daily visitors come to ogle the identical “Quints” playing in their custom-built playground; at the height of the Great Depression, the tourism and advertising dollars pour in. While the rest of the world delights in their sameness, Emma sees each girl as unique: Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Marie, and Émilie. With her quirky eye for detail, Emma records every strange twist of events in her private journals. As the fight over custody and revenues turns increasingly explosive, Emma is torn between the fishbowl sanctuary of Quintland and the wider world, now teetering on the brink of war. Steeped in research, The Quintland Sisters is a novel of love, heartache, resilience, and enduring sisterhood--a fictional coming-of-age story bound up in one of the strangest true tales of the past century.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Marie, and Émilie Dionne delighted the world in 1934. The curious public couldn't get enough of the tiny quintuplets born in Ontario at the height of the Great Depression, but Emma Trimpany had been there all along. Unsure of her future at 17, Emma fell into midwifery and was forever changed by the miracle of the quintuplets' birth. Even as custody issues, gawking tourists, and hardscrabble times swirl around her, Emma's sole focus remains on the babies. Her own future may never be set in stone, but as long as she's able to help take care of the most famous children in Canada, she knows her sacrifices will have been worthwhile. Blending historical fact with a fictional coming-of-age story, Wood has crafted an ambitious, meticulously researched, and imaginative debut novel that is engrossing and compelling. Exploring the shared sisterhood of the quintuplets' caretakers and the trouble with unwanted celebrity, this heartwarming novel will win over loyal readers of Patricia Harman, Jodi Picoult, and Carol Cassella. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Dionne quintuplets > Fiction.
Midwives > Fiction.
Quintuplets > Ontario > Fiction.
Diaries > Fiction.
Dionne quintuplets.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Diary fiction.
Diary fiction.
Historical fiction.

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