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 stood by her side at the window, watching sharp gusts of snow billow, then
swirl and drift to the ground. All around the neighborhood, lights came on, and
the naked branches of the trees turned white. After dinner he built a fire, venturing
Watching her, he felt a surge of love and wonder: that she was his wife, that their
baby, due in just three weeks, would soon be born. Their first child, this would be.
They had been married just a year. She looked up, smiling, when he tucked the ...
Sometimes he woke and watched her as she slept: the flutter of her eyelids, the
slow even movement of her chest, her outflung hand, small enough that he could
enclose it completely with his own. She was eleven years younger than he was.
He dealt mostly with broken limbs, sculpting casts and viewing X-rays, watching
breaks slowly yet miraculously knit themselves back together. He liked that bones
were solid things, surviving even the white heat of cremation. Bones would last ...
When he took her arm he felt strangely as if he himself were suspended in the
room, somewhere near the light fixture, watching them both from above, noting
every nuance and detail: how she trembled with a contraction, how his fingers ...
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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