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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A good one, he thought, as the blood welled in a cleanline, not letting himself
remember the times he'd touched that same flesh in passion. The head crowned.
In three more pushes it emerged, and then the body slid into his waiting hands
You are anywhere, he thought, watching from some fine point on the ceiling as
his hands worked with method and precision. This is any birth. This baby was
smaller and came easily, sliding so quickly into his gloved hands that he leaned ...
He imagined her heart, the size of a plum and very possibly defective, and he
thought of the nursery, so carefully painted, with its soft animals and single crib.
He thought of his wife standing on the sidewalk before their brightly veiled home,
Her fingers were so slight, he thought, like the bones of a little bird. “My darling,”
he began. His voice broke, and the words he had rehearsed so carefully were
gone. He closed his eyes, and when he could speak again more words came, ...
And when he didn't she thought suddenly that she should go to him, be a witness,
so that she could say, later, Yes, the baby was blue, Dr. Henry tried, we both tried,
but there was nothing to be done. But then the baby cried, and the cry carried ...
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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