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 ...
He woke to find her standing over the bed, shaking his shoulder. Her robe, her
hair, looked nearly white in the strange snowy light that filled their room. “I've
been timing them. Five minutes apart. They're strong, and I'm scared.” He felt an
He put his arm around her shoulders and helped her down the steps. “I can walk,
” she insisted. “It's just when the pain comes.” “I know," he said, but he did not
lether go. When they reached the car she touched his arm and gestured to the ...
Behind her, in the cardboard box, the baby slept on. Caroline glanced over her
shoulder now and then, both reassured and distressed to see it had not moved.
Such sleep, she reminded herself, was normal after the labor of entering the
... of disaster, shouted to one another in the distance. Caroline pressed her face,
her fingertips, against the screen, listening. Yearning. The air was still and sweat
dampened the shoulders of her cotton blouse, the ironed waistband of her skirt.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KR_Patterson - LibraryThing
The only reason I even give this book 3 stars is because I can see that she's a good writer. I mean, her words are nice, pretty, thought-provoking. However, the story itself was, I felt, a waste of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - feenie1010 - LibraryThing
Ok, so far I'm not really loving this book. But my sister liked and I'm going to give it a try. edit: just couldn't get into it. Just seemed too...the mom was too much of a victim and the dad was just too all over. meh Read full review