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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He found her sitting on the edge of their bed, her head bent, her hands gripping
the mattress. “I think this is labor,” she said, looking up. Her hair was loose, a
strand caught on her lip. He brushed it back behind her ear. She shook her head
When the doctor finished, he found the nurse sitting in a rocker in the waiting
room, cradling the baby girl in her arms. She met his gaze without speaking, and
he remembered the night she had watched him as he slept. “There's a place,” he
Even sitting here on this sofa in the stillness of this place, even waiting, Caroline
was troubled by the feeling that the world was shimmering, that things would not
be still. This? was the refrain in her mind. This now, after all these years?
Caroline herself could feel a dull scratching deep in her throat as she called the
next patient, an elderly gentleman whose cold would worsen in the next weeks,
turning into the pneumonia that would finally kill him. Rupert Dean. He was sitting
Later, when she remembered this moment, one woman with a pair of scissors
and the other sitting in a cotton slip amid the ruins of her hair, she would think of it
in black and white and the image would fill her with a wild emptiness and
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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