The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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 Penguin, 2005
ISBN: 9780670034161
0670034169
Branch Call Number: Leased FIC Edwar 3564
Characteristics: x, 401 p

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JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

What a beautiful, difficult book about choices, personal loss, and deceptions. What would you do in Caroline's shoes?

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Kmum1
Mar 11, 2018

I happened upon this book in a book swap box. Always eager to pick up at least one book, I decided on this one even though the storyline didn’t immedietly catch my attention. Imagine my surprise when halfway through I couldn’t put it down, staying up way too late too many nights to get through to the end. This book is intriguing and reminds us how one decision can affect your life forever going forward - be that better or worse.

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LadyDi52
Dec 30, 2017

There were enough secrets and plot twists to keep me reading til the end. On hindsight, however, it was a very middle-class white look at family life, everyone had a home with a garden, there was a BIG focus on children,and the solution to every thing seemed to be to get married. Even the alcoholism of one of the main characters was treated superficially, as if it was a normal response to her marital problems, and it just disappeared into thin air after a while. Also a bit too much detail about what people were wearing. There was one character who was an anti-war protester, but that also disappeared into thin air when she got married and got a job.

CatherineG_1 Aug 20, 2017

March 1964, a young doctor and his pregnant wife are on their way to the hospital during a horrible snowstorm. They end up at his clinic and he is forced to deliver the baby with the assistance of his loyal nurse.
A healthy, baby boy named Paul is delivered. While his wife is sedated. a second baby, a girl, Phoebe is born but with Down's syndrome.
In those few moments, the doctor makes a decision that will impact peoples' lives forever.
Great story with many discussion points. Would be ideal for book club.

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CarleeMcDot
May 28, 2017

A friend of mine had offered to let me borrow a few of her favorite books. I knew nothing about this novel, but was excited to get into it. The story is set back in the 60s (well, that's when it starts, it then follows the plot along for another 25+ years). A quick rundown: A couple has twins, the second child born (a daughter) has Down's Syndrome, so while the mother is under anesthesia, the father (also the doctor who delivered the babies) asked the nurse to take the baby to an institution and tells his wife the baby died. As the story unfolds you see how this one decision effects the lives of so many people. I really enjoyed how each chapter was written from another person's perspective. At times it felt a bit long, but definitely kept me interested and engaged.

Great twist and turns of a doctor, the wife and his nurse.

AmandaVollmershausen Dec 23, 2013

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.

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Smiledial
Nov 18, 2013

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.

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TracyGuza
Aug 28, 2013

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.

booklady1 Aug 18, 2013

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.

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Nov 18, 2013

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

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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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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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