The Quintland Sisters

The Quintland Sisters

  • debut
  • english-from-canada
  • historical

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 who helps bring them into the world.

Emma Trimpany is just 17 when she assists at the birth of the Dionne quintuplets: five tiny miracles born to French farmers in 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 “Quints” in their custom-built playground; at the height of the Great Depression, money pours in. Emma records every strange twist of events in her journals. As the fight over custody and revenues turns explosive, Emma is torn between the fishbowl sanctuary of Quintland and the wider world, now on the brink of war.

Steeped in research, The Quintland Sisters is a novel of love, heartache, resilience, and sisterhood—a fictional coming-of-age story bound up in one of the strangest true tales of the past century.


Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Stephanie Sinclair (Transatlantic Agency)

rights available: World, excl. World English (HarperCollins), French in Canada (Éditions Hurtubise)

Additional Information

age range: Adult

number of pages: 464

publication date: 03/05/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book