The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

When they were born on May 28, 1934, weighing a grand total of just over 13 pounds, no one expected them to live so much as an hour. Overnight, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie Dionne captivated the world, defying medical history with every breath they took.

In an effort to protect them from hucksters and showmen, the Ontario government took custody of the five identical babies, sequestering them in a private, custom-built hospital across the road from their family — and then, in a stunning act of hypocrisy, proceeded to exploit them for the next nine years. The Dionne Quintuplets became a more popular attraction than Niagara Falls, ogled through one-way screens by sightseers as they splashed in their wading pool at the center of a tourist hotspot known as Quintland. Their faces sold everything from Baby Ruth candy bars to Colgate toothpaste.

In this masterful work of narrative nonfiction, Sarah Miller examines the lives of five identical sisters forced to endure the most publicized childhood in history — and how they survived their turbulent teenage years to forge identities of their own. Impeccably researched, with photos of the Dionnes from birth through adulthood, this is an enthralling, heartbreaking portrait of a unique sisterhood, imbued with the astonishing resilience of the human spirit.

Title:The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524713812
Format Type:Pdf, Epub, pdb, txt, docx, doc, ibook

    The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets Reviews

  • Nenia ? Literary Garbage Can ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis is a fascinating and tragic story about five girls who basically ended up becoming a sideshow attraction as the wards of the Canadian gover...

  • Stacey

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I only knew a bit about the Dionne Quintuplets before reading this book by Sarah Miller. I was vaguely interested in the...

  • Doris Vandruff

    Olivia and his wife Elzire were not aware that this latest pregnancy would change their lives forever. Elzire gives birth to quintuplets. Yvonne, Annette, Cicile, Emilie, and Marie. Each born in that ...

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    1.5 STARSSPOILERS if you don’t know the story.I’ve read about and saw documentaries on the Dionne Quintuplets since I was a young girl fascinated by the first surviving identical quintuplets. THE ...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusMy father was just an infant when the Dionne quintuplets defied odds by surviving their birth in 1934. Their parents, Oliva and Elzire Dionne, were farmers who were doi...

  • Dawn Michelle

    1. I have read in other reviews that this is like an expose of what really happened with the Dionne Quints. I have to disagree vehemently. What I just read is more like tabloid fodder than a nonfictio...

  • JoLee

    Featured in "History Books for Young Readers" on Intellectual Recreation. On May 28, 1934, five identical baby girls were born to a French Canadian family in Ontario. Their survival was both miraculou...

  • Letty

    3.5/5 This was a fascinating story about the Dionne Quintuplets. I didn't know much them but while reading, I did remember hearing something about them in the past. So sad that they were put on displa...

  • Nicole Brinkley

    The strange story of the Dionne Quintuplets—sisters, medical miracles, and Canada's most successful tourist attraction—captivates and devastates in equal measure. A great bit of fast-paced narrati...

  • Laura

    This seems to be the summer of the Dionnes, between Quintland and this book. During the SLJ Teen Live event the author mentioned that most YA readers won't have heard about them, which is true... unle...