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Kimberley Nadine Knights knew when she kept willingly opting out of parties so she could stay home and write, that she was destined to be an author.

Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isn’t creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and snapping once in a lifetime photos halfway across the globe in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France.

She's an avid fan of The Walking Dead series and firmly believes that The Food Network should consider her being a judge on the next Chopped challenge.

The Cilantro in Apple Pie is her debut novel.



The Cilantro in Apple Pie

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Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she's determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.

Gil Stromeyer's offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil's already fragile world off its axis.

Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil's revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.




What people are saying...

"Kimberley Nadine Knights's young adult coming of age novel, The Cilantro in Apple Pie, reads like a dream ... really, it does. I can't remember enjoying the act of reading a novel quite as much as I did this marvelous debut offering. Rubie and Gil are complex and complicated characters: Gil takes an extra week off after being suspended for a mental health break, and Rubie's sudden change in character hints at a problem she won't share. One can't help but cheer as these two mismatched characters from opposite sides of the world and the tracks spar, keep their heads above the high school fray, and work at becoming the closest of friends. I loved learning more about Trinidad and Tobago and appreciated the glossary which precedes the novel. I also found myself Googling recipes for some of the dishes Violet and Rubie prepare, especially that brown sugar fudge. Might there be a sequel to this novel? I certainly hope so. The Cilantro in Apple Pie is an outstanding debut young adult novel, and it's most highly recommended."

- Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite


  • Title: The Cilantro in Apple Pie
  • Author: Kimberley Nadine Knights
  • Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary
  • Length: 310 pages
  • Release Date: May 5, 2016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692657027
  • Imprint: Howling Wolf

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