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Publisher Description

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 1 pound, 4 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
September 13
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Cookininpennsy ,

Prepare to Cry Happy Tears

This two-author memoir is gripping and poignant. It is profoundly sad, at times, but incredibly hopeful. This book will make you thankful for any bumps you’ve had in the road of life. Just exquisite.

Psychnurs123 ,

Amazing, awesome book

Amazing, awesome testament to the power of God and the strength of one tiny little baby girl and her parents, who decided that she deserved a chance to live.

Dodge213 ,


This book helped me through our second Nicu stay. I was able to read this to our daughter. I was very discouraged to find myself back in the Nicu and to read this gave me hope and unfortunately pointed out that things could always be worse. Thank you to the Frenchs' for sharing their story. I have two journals from both. Icy stays, it's amazing to look back and read them.