The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Penguin, 2006 - Fiction - 414 pages
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A #1 New York Times bestseller by Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted novel of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love

Kim Edwards's stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century--in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that winter night long ago.

A family drama, The Memory Keeper's Daughter explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered.
  

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Interesting premise, well written. - LibraryThing
The plot was overblown, the writing was bad. - LibraryThing
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Too wordy didn't care for the long drawn out plot. - LibraryThing
I enjoyed this novel and found it quite a page turner. - LibraryThing
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At the outset, I really enjoyed this book. I was sucked into the premise, and I could see that it had a lot of potential to be an incredible book. But somewhere along the way, Edwards dropped the ball ... Read full review

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User Review  - keneumey - LibraryThing

I listened to the audio book while driving, and didn't give up on it, because I really wanted to know how the secret would be revealed finally. And I was disappointed. The secret (kind of a spoiler ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
21
Section 3
36
Section 4
53
Section 5
73
Section 6
90
Section 7
106
Section 8
125
Section 14
221
Section 15
241
Section 16
255
Section 17
276
Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
324
Section 21
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
189
Section 13
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Section 22
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Section 23
375
Section 24
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About the author (2006)

Kim Edwards is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which was translated into thirty-eight languages.  The Lake of Dreams is her second New York Times bestselling novel.  She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King.  Her honors include the Whiting Award, the British Book Award, and USA Today's Book of the Year, as well as the Nelson Algren Award, a National Magazine Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has taught widely in the US and Asia, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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