She weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. 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?


“Normally I’m not one to gush, but this book is something else.”

Jad Abumrad, host of Radiolab

She was red and angular, angry like a fresh wound. Her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest I could see her flickering heart.
– from Juniper

About Juniper

Juniper is 5 and in kindergarten. She enjoys chickens, markers, Bruce Springsteen and cheese. She supports Hermione Granger for president. Follow her shenanigans on our blog.

"What do you want to do when you grow up?"
"Eat ice cream. That is a choice."
"What do you want to do for work?"
"Look at jammies. That will be my job."


Sparks a need to reassess the meaning of a miracle ... this book should be in the hands of every parent — indeed, of everyone.” 
— Publisher's Weekly starred review

A tender, fierce and breathtaking miracle.
— People magazine

This surprising, enlightening book transcends categories. Heartfelt as a memoir, richly researched as narrative journalism, and as propulsive and literary as a novel, Juniper offers the rewards of all great books. It alters and expands your understanding of being human.
— Sheri Fink, award-winning author of Five Days at Memorial

I probably would have read Juniper in one sitting, but I had to stop because I was crying too hard.
— The Washington Post

A twisting, harrowing, at times painful but powerful memoir, fiercely reported and written with exquisite sensitivity and openness.
— Dallas Morning News

My butt is on the cover. That is why this book is special to me.
— Juniper

A fierce and fact-filled memoir with few holds barred.

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 author of All Over But the Shoutin'

Kelley and Thomas French are two of America’s best narrative journalists, and here is their most important story. Juniper is an astonishingly intimate and honest account of a mother, a father, and, most moving of all, a complicated baby whose very existence calls into question every easy assumption about what a life means. This is a stirring and meaningful book.”
— David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Thank You for Your Service

“These two excellent journalists bring their keen eyes to the most personal and wrenching of stories. A powerful book.”
— Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine

"Beautifully written ... It will stay with you long after you have finished."
— Good Housekeeping

“This tender and ferocious offers all of the taut, gritty storytelling of the journalists who wrote it—and all the lovesick hope of the parents they’re becoming. I read it cover to cover in a single, breathless, nail-bitten evening.”
— Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy