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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All around the neighborhood, lights came on, and the naked branches of the
trees turned white. After dinner he built a fire, venturing out into the weather for
wood he had piled against the garage the previous autumn. The air was bright
He drove slowly, thinking how beautiful Lexington was, the trees and bushes so
heavy with snow. When he turned onto the main street the wheels hit ice and the
car slid, briefly, fluidly, across the intersection, coming to rest by a snowbank.
Here, so near the Ohio River, the upper branches of hawthorns and hackberry
trees glittered with ice, though the roads were clear and dry. White fences
enclosed the snow-dusted fields, and horses moved darkly behind them, their
... like a pearl. People would line up outside, squatting beneath coconut trees as
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would line up outside, squatting beneath coconut trees as they waited. She,
Caroline, would tend to them all; she would heal them. She would transform their
lives and hers. Consumed by this vision, she had applied, in a great rush offervor
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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
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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