The Quintland Sisters: A Novel by Shelley WoodThe Quintland Sisters: A Novel by Shelley Wood

The Quintland Sisters: A Novel

byShelley Wood

Paperback | March 5, 2019

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"A historical novel that will enthrall you... I was utterly captivated..." — Joanna Goodman, author of The Home for Unwanted Girls

For fans of Sold on a Monday or The Home for Unwanted Girls, Shelley Wood's novel tells 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.

Title:The Quintland Sisters: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.74 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062839098

ISBN - 13:9780062839091

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I can't believe I haven't heard of the Dionne Quintuplets before! Alright so I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this story, it's not something I would usually pick up. I had to look into it a little bit before I started so while the Quintland Sisters is based on something that really happened, the story itself is fiction. I had actually never heard of the Quintland Sisters before and was shocked by how interested Canada and the world were in their lives. The Quintland Sisters chronicles the story of quintuplets who were born in rural Ontario and captured the hearts and interests of people from all over. The story is told through the eyes of a nurse who was there the night they were born and then stays on in their care for several years. I enjoyed the news articles that were interspersed within the story and the author has clearly done a lot of research into the Quintland Sisters. If you enjoy historical fiction or Canadian stories then I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2019-03-12

Editorial Reviews

“...Wood deftly captures the fascinating collisions between faith and science, powerful and poor, and the tensions that arise when a rural town and its inhabitants are cast under the relentless scrutiny of the public’s obsession with one extraordinary family.”