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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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