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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Kim Edwards

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Title:The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Authors:Kim Edwards
Info:Penguin (2007), Edition: 1st Penguin Edition, Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:Finished, Your library
Rating:*****
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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 ( )
  feenie1010 | Feb 22, 2015 |
Set between 1964 and 1989, between Lexington, KY and Pittsburgh, PA, this story is about the futility of trying to control life. The reader is witness to the outcomes set in motion after the birth of twins on a snowy night by a man who wanted to protect himself and his family, albeit by lying. As tends to be true, one lie begets another, and the game is on. The storyline was interesting. The characters were interesting. The writing was fair. The story dragged quite a bit in the middle, otherwise this novel may have merited 4 stars. The author's treatment of issues surrounding grief and the evolution of attitudes and options for folks with Down's Syndrome were handled very well. I hope this author works on her pacing a bit in the next novel. ( )
  hemlokgang | Feb 13, 2015 |
I. Did not enjoy this book at all. I thought it was trite, uninspired, insipid and disappointing. ( )
  dukedukegoose | Jan 26, 2015 |
A sad tale of what happens when someone lies...Dr. Henry gives his nurse his Down's syndrome newborn daughter, telling her to take Phoebe to an institution, and tells his wife that the other twin died. Despite having a healthy son, his wife mourns her daughter. From that moment on, Kim Edwards documents their downward spiral. Meanwhile, the nurse decides to raise Phoebe as her own. Twenty-five years of miscommunication, sadness interspersed with some happiness and more make this a must-read novel. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. It was shocking at points, sweet, tender, horrific. Beautiful. I don't really know what more to say about it. Worth the read and I will be passing it on to others. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
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Kim Edwards's debut novel is a winner, and those who read THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER are going to want to read her next one. Highly recommended.
 
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For Abigail and Naomi
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The snow started to fall several hours before her labor began.
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They'd live their lives day by day, each one taking them another step away from their lost daughter.
... when he slid his arms around her again, he was thinking, I love you. I love you so much, and I lied to you. And the distance between them, millimeters only, the space of a breath, opened up and deepened, became a cavern at whose edge he stood.
Their lost daughter still hovered between them; their lives had shaped themselves around her absence.
She did not know that her discarded clothes fluttered in a wind that he himself had set in motion so many years ago.
This was the grief he had carried with him, heavy as a stone in his heart. This was the grief he had tried to spare Norah and Paul, only to create so many others.
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A heart wrenching novel about human choice. Dr. David Henry makes a choice that forever changes lives of his family. Edwards delves into her characters and makes the reader feel as thought they are looking through a window into someone's life.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143037145, Paperback)

Award-winning writer Kim Edwards's The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's 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 to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. 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 David Henry's fateful decision that long-ago winter night.

A rich and deeply moving page-turner, The Memory Keeper's Daughter captures the way life takes unexpected turns and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets burst into the open. It is an astonishing tale of redemptive love.

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"On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's 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 to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this 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 long-ago winter night. Norah henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own." "The Memory Keeper's Daughter articulates a silent fear close to the heart of every mother: What would happen if you lost your child, and she grew up without you?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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