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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... scanning the aisles until he caught sight of her hair, a dark green shoulder, her
bent head revealing the elegant pale curve of her neck. A robeformy sister who
lives in New Orleans. He had no sister, of course, or any living family that he ...
Later, listening to that story, he would imagine her head bent beneath the
lamplight, her fingers in a painful cluster around the pen, and he would wonder
ather tenacity, her beliefin beauty and in the authoritative voice of the ex-nun. But
on that ...
He found her sitting on the edge of their bed, her head bent, her hands gripping
the mattress. “I think this is labor,” she said, looking up. Her hair was loose, a
strand caught on her lip. He brushed it back behind her ear. She shook her head
“We're fine,” he announced, his head rushing. Fortunately, there wasn't another
car in sight. The steering wheel was as hard and cold as stone beneath his bare
hands. Now and then he wiped at the windshield with the back of his hand, ...
He'd had tears in his eyes when he opened them, raising his head from the desk.
The nurse was standing in the doorway, her face gentled by emotion. She was
beautiful in that moment, half smiling, not at all the efficient woman who worked ...
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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