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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... curtain to watch the snow, now nearly eight inches high on the lampposts and
the fences and the roofs. It was the sort of storm that rarely happened in
Lexington, and the steady white flakes, the silence, filled him with a sense 8 Kim
steady white flakes, the silence, filled him with a sense of excitement and peace.
It was a moment when all the disparate shards of his life seemed to knit
themselves together, every past sadness and disappointment, every anxious
secret and ...
... hole he'd made. “I called Bentley before we left,” he said, naming his colleague
, an obstetrician. “I said to meet us at the office. We'll go there. It's closer.” She
was silent for a moment, her handgripping the dashboard as she breathed
Later, when he considered this night—and he would think of it often, in the
months and years to come: the turning point of his life, the moments around
which everything else would always gather—what he remembered was the
silence in the ...
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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