The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel
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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But now she dreamed every night of lost things. Paul had fallen asleep. Beyond
the window, dogwood branches, cluttered with new buds, moved against the
paling indigo sky. Norah turned, shifted Paul to her other breast, and closed her
Bree came over and touched her fingers lightly to Paul's scalp. “How's my little
nephew?” she said, “How's sweet Paul?” Norah looked at her son's tiny face,
surprised, as always, by his name. He had not grown into it yet, he still wore it like
“I'm glad you're here.” “Hey," Bree said, a little embarrassed. “Where else would I
be?” Paul's head was a warm weight, his fine thick hair soft against her neck. Did
he miss his twin, Norah wondered, that vanished presence, his short life's close ...
Two sets of friends had already come, one from her sewing circle and another
from her china-painting club, filling the refrigerator with food, passing Paul from
hand to hand like a trophy. Norah had done these same things for new mothers
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THE MEMORY KEEPERS DAUGHTERUser Review - gucciholly - Overstock.com
I read this quite some tie ago but remember enjoying it very much. I guess others felt the same way since it was made into a tv movie. The plot was about a Dr. whos wife gave birth to twins and one ... Read full review
Good til the end...User Review - kuhlcat - Borders
*SPOILER ALERT* I try not to go into too much detail in my reviews but in this one it's necessary... I have been meaning to read this book for the longest time. Ever since it even appeared on the ... Read full review