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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Three sizes, the clerk was saying, and a better selection of colors next month, but
he was already in the aisle, a coralcolored robe draped over his arm, his shoes
squeaking on the tiles as he moved impatiently between the other shoppers to ...
numb suddenly with the momentousness of these events, long expected but a
surprise all the same. He moved, as she did, but the world slowed to stillness
around them. He was acutely aware of every action, the way breath rushed
against his ...
The house was his but empty now, deserted when his sister died and his parents
moved away, the rooms his mother had scrubbed to a dull gleam abandoned,
filled only with the rustlings of squirrels and mice. He'd had tears in his eyes
His wife tensed and cried out, and the baby moved in the birth canal, bursting the
amniotic sac. “Now,” the doctor said, and the nurse put the mask in place. His
wife's hands relaxed, her fists unclenching as the gas took effect, and she lay still,
But Caroline had been moved by the pain and confusion on his face as he
examined his daughter, by the slow numbway he seemed to move thereafter.
Soon he'd come to his senses, she told herself. He was in shock, and who could
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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