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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Absorbed, she licked her index finger absently each time she turned a page. Her
hands were slender, her fingers short and sturdy, and she bit her bottom lip lightly
, intently, as she read. Watching her, he felt a surge of love and wonder: that ...
Eight years old, pale and skinny, the woman in the green coat who would
become his wife had clenched her small fingers around the pen and practiced
cursive writing alone in her room, hour after hour, until she wrote with the
exquisite fluidity ...
... and walk with her, slowly and calmly, up and down the hall. When the
contractions came she squeezed his hand so hard he feltas if the bones in his
fingers might fuse. The contractions were as she had said, five minutes apart,
When he took her arm he felt strangely as if he himself were suspended in the
room, somewhere near the light fixture, watching them both from above, noting
every nuance and detail: how she trembled with a contraction, how his fingers ...
He took her free hand, remembering how hard she had held onto him, imprinting
the bones of her fingers on his flesh. He remembered how much he had wanted
to protect her. “Is everything all right?” she asked. “Darling? What is it?” “We had
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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