• by Kelley French, Thomas French
  • Narrated by Kelley French, Thomas French
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A micro-preemie fights for survival in this extraordinary and gorgeously told memoir by her parents, both award-winning journalists.
Juniper French was born four months early, at 23 weeks' gestation. She weighed one pound, four ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest you could see her flickering heart. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love - to save her or to let her go?
Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper's life, and this is their incredible tale. In one exquisite memoir, the authors explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They probe the bond between a mother and a baby, between a husband and a wife. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now thriving daughter.


What the Critics Say

"Kelley and Thomas French are two of America's best narrative journalists, and here is their most important story yet. Juniper is an astonishingly intimate and honest account of a mother, a father, and a complicated baby whose very existence calls into question every easy assumption about what a life means. This is a deeply moving and meaningful book." (David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Thank You for Your Service)
"The Frenches put forth a love story about their daughter, with highs and lows throughout and moments of sheer joy that will keep readers involved until the very last page. This achingly tender memoir is also a roller-coaster...." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is what happens when two great writers join together to tell something really worth telling. This book, of a life barely there, breaks your heart on one page, and makes you want to pump your fist in the air just a few paragraphs later. It is an achingly lovely book, all the lovelier because it is true." (Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Best Non-Fiction Story of the Year - A Must Read!

What made the experience of listening to Juniper the most enjoyable?

The narration by the authors, Kelly & Thomas French.

What other book might you compare Juniper to and why?

It's "a one of a kind" true story I will hold with me in my heart forever Nothing I've ever read comes close to this wondrous miracle of Juniper.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to say.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love does not conquer all, but in this memoir/biography IT DOES!

Any additional comments?

Everyone needs to read this book, LISTENING TO IT ON AUDIBLE IS SPECTACULAR!!

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- Diana

the entertwining of so many aMAZing families.

just listen. mother or not [I am not, in the usual sense], you will find & feel love, facinating medical notwithstanding.
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- estee479

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio