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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she asked. She spoke with what he recognized as a genteel Kentucky accent, in
this city of old money where such distinctions mattered. After just six months in
town, he already knew this. “It's all right, Jean,” she went on, turning back to the ...
He knew his choice of specialties reflected this. Not for him the random
excitement of general medicine or the delicate risky plumbing of the heart. He
dealt mostly with broken limbs, sculpting casts and viewing X-rays, watching
breaks slowly ...
This was true, he knew, he believed it as he spoke, and he was, in fact, so sure of
it that after a time he drifted into sleep. He woke to find her standing over the bed,
shaking his shoulder. Her robe, her hair, looked nearly white in the strange ...
He smiled, but he knew her fear was real, and he shared it. Methodical,
purposeful: even in an emergency he could not change his nature. He came to a
full stop at every light, signaled turns to the empty streets. Every few minutes she
The nurse met them. The moment he saw her, he knew something was wrong.
She had large blue eyes in a pale face that might have been forty or twenty-five,
and whenever something was not to her liking a thin vertical line formed across
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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