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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Edwards, Kim

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2005
ISBN: 0670034169
Branch Call Number: FICTION EDWARDS
Characteristics: x, 401 p. ;,24 cm

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When a doctor delivers his newborn twins and discovers that his baby has Down Syndrome, he turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child.

Kim Edwards writes short stories and women's fiction about how people interact, their inevitable miscommunication, and familial connections. In a tale spanning twenty-five years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daught... Read More »


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Dec 23, 2013
  • AmandaVollmershausen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found the pace of this novel to be excellent, the themes very well developed (family ties, secrets, barriers to intimacy) but I did not get caught up in it as I expected. Nevertheless, it's worth a read and covers a subject that is either uncommonly written about or I simply had never read a book focussing on families with mentally delayed children. The prose is a perfect bland of complexity and simplicity.

Nov 18, 2013
  • MonkeyAssassin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A real touching story. Although a slow pace, it keeps a steady beat as it walks us through the journey between two families. I really loved this book because it is a story totally relatable to modern day and age.

Aug 28, 2013
  • TracyGuza rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I could not put this book down. A period of twenty years is spanned in this tale and at each new point, different characters are narrating the story.

Amazing and poignant. I thought it ended a bit too abruptly.

Aug 18, 2013
  • booklady1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well and Beautifully written.... this is a special story that captures a terrible,heart wrenching, sad ,tragic,and so emotionally touching situation. It touches my heart and reaches into my very soul. this book deserved 5*****stars. For me it 's a must read! I now know things about down syndrome that I never knew before.

Jun 22, 2013
  • texasbooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a moving movie from start to finish. I disagree with what the doctor did by sending away the girl with problems. I think the wife could have handled the downs syndrome very well. I am glad the nurse took her to raise instead of putting her in a uncaring instuition for the rest of her life. It was a emotional book but i enjoyed it and learned about downs syndrome from the book too. We should be patient and loving to our children no matter what their handicaps are;. They are part of us no matter what .

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In a tale spanning 25 years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter’s affliction with Down syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child.

Dec 24, 2012
  • JudithPlante rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very sad and touching story - you wonder how a father can do what he did but at the same time, can understand his motivations behind it. The story would have been so different if more communication had been present. My heart went out to the son Paul who really lost the most by his parent's lack of honesty and communication with each other... a lesson for most marriages. Phoebe was the champion along with Caroline, who gave Phoebe what she really needed - Love - and got it back a hundredfold.

Jul 20, 2012
  • jaindough rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Too syrupy.

Jul 09, 2012

I enjoyed this book, but was somewhat disappointed in the ending. There was so much build up and character development throughout the rest of the book that the ending somehow didn't seem to fit.

Oct 05, 2011
  • kaliko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a beautiful and sad story. Some other reviewers may find it has a "slow" pace, but I do not feel this is a reason to fault it. The book deals with emotion, reaction and consequence of decisions from the characters' past decisions. It is a story of the torment of the mind and heart. It is realistic and takes the time to investigate each character's sentiments thoroughly. If you're into this intimate human perspective, you will definitely enjoy this read.

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Nov 18, 2013
  • MonkeyAssassin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"After all, a picture could be a thousand different things"

Aug 18, 2013
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Life is a gift remember to open it.

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Aug 18, 2013
  • booklady1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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  • imaginethat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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