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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All his mother's attention had gone to her, and yet she had died when she was
twelve years old. The doctor had been sixteen, already living in town to attend
high school, already on his way to Pittsburgh and medical school and the life he
His voice broke, and the words he had rehearsed so carefully were gone. He
closed his eyes, and when he could speak again more words came, unplanned. “
Oh, my love,” he said. “I am so sorry. Our little daughter died as she was born.
Then she was gone. Caroline stared at the empty doorway. A draft slid around
her legs. After a moment she put the dirty diaper in the middle of the rickety
piecrust table by the sofa. She felt in her pocket for her keys, then picked up the
box with ...
David was gone then, called to the clinic while she slept. Norah pulled her son
into the warm curve of her body, opened her nightgown. His small hands fluttered
against her swollen breasts like moth wings; he latched on. A sharp pain, which ...
“David's gone?” Norah nodded. “I didn't even hear him getting up.” “You think it's
good for him to be working so much?” “Yes," Norah said firmly. “I do.” Dr. Bentley
had talked to the other doctors in the practice, and they had offered David time ...
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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