The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller

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 acr...

Details The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

TitleThe Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherSchwartz & Wade
GenreNonfiction, History, Biography, Biography Memoir, Historical

Reviews The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

  • 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 government. The Dionne Quintuplets, as they came to be known, were five girls born to some low-income French-Canadians. They were two months premature and collectively weighed around 13 pounds. Nobody believed they would survive, at least, not all of them,...
  • 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 subject matter but adored Miller's earlier book "Caroline" a novelized version of the life of Caroline Ingalls, Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother. I was obsessed with the story of the Dionne quintuplets from the first page. The story itself is unbelieva...
  • 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 order. They were born early and not expected to live. These babies would forever be known as the Dionne Quintuplets. Not only were multiple live births of this degree unheard of, they were also all still alive and that was extraordinary. What starts ...
  • 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 doing just a little better than their neighbors, despite their six children. Elzire's pregnancy had been difficult, and even though it was expensive, she had consulted Dr. Dafoe, the local GP. When she went into labor two months early, the midwives cons...
  • 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 display at such a young age. I was surprised to learn that as of 2018 there are two surviving sisters. It would have been nice to have included pictures of the quintuplets in the book. Maybe they weren't included in the digital ARC I read. Having the inter...
  • 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... unless they've heard Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" and looked them up. There's also been some coverage of them as the original "kidfluencers" but that may be escaping teen notice.This is NF and pretty well done. Because the Dionne family hasn't been all th...
  • Shannon
    The Dionne quintuplets is not something I was really familiar with when I started this, I had heard them brought up when talking about how reality TV effects kids but beyond that I knew nothing. These girls where signed over to the Canadian government to get out of a contract to be a side show in Chicago and what was supposed to be just two years turned into 9.5 years. Initially the goal of signing offer the girls to the government was to stop th...
  • Amanda Zirn Hudson
    3.5/5 I found the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets shocking and I couldn’t stop reading. It’s true that their lives were both a miracle and a tragedy. I felt terrible for them, my heart ached. With that being said, this book seems like it should be an adult book, I am surprised this is for a 12+ audience. I did appreciate how the author seemed to take a somewhat neutral stance to narrating the Quint’s early childhood. You felt terrible for t...
  • 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 nonfiction biography of sisters who never knew normal. It is shocking and appalling and I am horrified that both an editor and a publisher is letting this be "given to the masses" as truth. This just reeks of profit and greediness and more exploitation of a f...
  • Ekta
    In 1934 the world witnesses a medical miracle: the birth of a set of identical quintuplets who survive. The Dionne family welcome their daughters but soon learn the girls will be claimed by many people far from the small Canadian town they call home. Author Sarah Miller offers extensive research and sources for her chronicle of this fascinating, yet heartbreaking story in The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets.Having birthed several ch...
  • Tatia
    The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller is a detailed account of the triplets birth in Ontario, Canada in 1934 to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. The mere fact that these babies survived their extremely premature births without medical intervention is a miracle indeed. These five girls were born in 1934 in a small farmhouse to parents with five older children. Their birth made the newsreel and once word circulated that quintuplet...
  • Rachel
    Growing up I definitely went through a Dionne Quintuplets phase (along with a Titanic phase, Amelia Ehart phase, etc). I remember reading a lot about the quints and enjoying seeing their Madame Alexander dolls come up on Antiques Roadshow. They’ve just been people I’ve always known of in the background of life.This really fleshed out the reality of their lives. I felt like I knew more than I did before going into this; I did know quite a bit,...
  • 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 miraculous and the result of the tireless work of the doctor, midwives, and nurses who delivered the girls and worked round-the-clock in their infancy. Controversy and celebrity followed the girls, who were separated from their family and raised by the state ...
  • Randi Robinson
    The Dionne Quintuplets were 17 when I was born. By the time I heard of them they were not in the limelight as they once had been and I didn't realize what a miracle they had been. Multiple births are old-hat now, but their birth was amazing, then and now. Naturally conceived quintuplets born at home in a farmhouse in 1934, some weighing only a pound, and they survived! From the moment they were born they were in the limelight. Many people sought ...
  • Brooke
    Admittedly, I was more than a little excited to read Sarah Miller's The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets; based on the frenzy that surrounded the quints throughout their life growing up in the spotlight, I found I am not alone in my fascination. I knew a little about the Dionne quintuplets from seeing one of their films in my childhood; however, I did not realize how deep and dark these waters run. Miller's compelling exposé examine...
  • 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 MIRACLE AND TRAGEDY OF THE DIONNE QUINTUPLETS by Sarah Miller covers some new territory, goes deeper into the sexual abuse the girls suffered at the hands of their father and confirms the suicide of one quint.The story focuses less on the quints and ...
  • Paula
    I knew that the Dionne's were quintuplets and had heard my mother mention them when I was young, but don't remember what she told me.I very much wanted to read this book and am glad I did. The author did an excellent job of research for this detailed book. From birth to old age (yes there are still 2 of them living), this book keeps you glued to the pages. The title was very apropos as it was a miracle that they survived and such a tragedy of a l...
  • Melissa
    The title of this book says it all. As I read I was taken by the miracle of all five of the Dionne sisters living and by the end I was sad for the whole family and left wondering how their lives could have been different.I appreciated the author's effort to present the Dionne quintuplets' lives from many viewpoints such as: themselves, Dr. Dafoe, and Elzire and Oliva Dionne. It was easy to see how each of them could be wrapped up in their own des...
  • Debbie
    This is a riveting account of, as the title states, "THE MIRACLE & TRAGEDY" of the Dionne Quints. While reading I forgot that I was reading a YA book. This has huge YA/Adult crossover potential. This will be a big book club pick - So much discussion opportunities. I'm thinking a great parent/teen book club. The emotions I felt while reading ranged from shock, sympathy, rage to sadness, fascination and frustration. It is not just the story of the ...
  • Kari Marie
    This was a fascinating and sad read. I had never heard of the Dionne Quintuplets and theirs is a tragic story. I am not a big fan of transcripts and at times I found this a little clunky but this book was full of information. I think it really brings home that taking children away from parents is not always the best and the government does not always have the best intentions to the children in their care. I am looking at this from a US perspectiv...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    Miller's depiction of the Dionne quintuplets' story is objective and neutral. I've read several books about the sisters, but this one focused on different angles of their lives. I felt overwhelming sadness for their lives, right from birth. They were kept as a cute sideshow, deprived of their family, and completely inured from the outside world. Permanently estranged from their extended family, the bonds of the sisters remained strong even throug...
  • Sue
    I knew very little about the Dionne quints (unless you count the photograph in Midge Maisel's childhood bedroom). This book explores their amazing birth, how they survived without modern medical equipment, how Dr. Dafoe & the Canadian government separated them from their family (though it was only across the street but the family was only allowed visitation through the glass walls of the nursery). Their only interaction was with each other & thei...
  • Cat
    Super tragic story of the Dionne quints. I'm familiar with their story and think what the government did to them, and their family, was deplorable. Just heartbreaking. I understand this is a YA book, just the right age for teens looking for a good non-fic read. Its well written and well researched. If I'm not mistaken, I believe one of the girls is still living. I remember the girls trying for the longest time to get the Canadian government to ma...
  • Tracy
    I'm a bit young to remember all the hoopla regarding these famous quintuplets when they were younger, but I do remember hearing things about them from my parents and from articles done about them as they got older and hit various milestones in their lives.This was a great telling of their story and was not bogged down with too many facts and figures. It was just a well written account of their childhoods and the circumstances which thrust them fr...
  • May
    I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t want to put it down. I kept finding any chance to read it, talk about it and just mull it over. I was aware of the Dionne Quintuplets, but I had no clue what happened in their lives. I felt that Sarah Miller did an excellent job in her research, and showed both sides. It wasn’t boring like some non-fiction can be, but so well-written it had a story quality, even while explaining dates and definitions. I th...
  • Miriam
    One of the interesting and yet sad books I've read in a while. My mother, who is the same age as the Dionne quints, used to talk about them and the miracle of their birth and survival. The book highlights their lives, upbringing, and the miracle of their survival. It also investigates how their lives were manipulated by those who were "protecting" them. It's worth the read if only to bust the myths around their happy lives. You'll question fairy ...
  • Leah
    A well-researched and overall fair look at a set of sisters with whom teens today might not be familiar, though Miller's clear, engaging writing will appeal to adults as well. A bit of context regarding the broader historical appetite for "freaks" and atypical medical phenomena might have rounded things out a bit, but overall this is a worthwhile entry to the nonfiction collection, especially when given to the right reader.
  • Emily Chandler
    A captivating, emotional and riveting drama, thoughtfully told. I had to keep putting the book down because it depicted the injustice the Dionne sisters experienced so vividly that it made me have full-on imaginary arguments with long-dead journalists and doctors - only to then snatch the book up again and keep compulsively reading.