The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel

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Penguin, May 30, 2006 - Fiction - 448 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
An intriguing story told in luscious prose. - LibraryThing
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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Set between 1964 and 1989, between Lexington, KY and Pittsburgh, PA, this story is about the futility of trying to control life. The reader is witness to the outcomes set in motion after the birth of ... Read full review

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The only reason I even give this book 3 stars is because I can see that she's a good writer. I mean, her words are nice, pretty, thought-provoking. However, the story itself was, I felt, a waste of ... Read full review

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Contents

1964
March 1964
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1965
February 1965
March 1965
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September 1977
1982
April 1982
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1988

May 1965
1970
May 1970
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June 1970
1977
July 1977
August 1977
July 1988
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November 1988
1989
July 1 1989
July 24 1989
September 1 1989
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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.She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Lake of Dreams, and a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King.  Her honors include the Whiting Award, the British Book Award, and USA Todays 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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