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,, 2005.
ISBN: 9780670034161
0670034169
Branch Call Number: FIC EDWA
Characteristics: x, 401 pages ; 24 cm

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wingertdj
Oct 16, 2020

If it wasn’t for book club, I would never have started nor finished “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards. I never developed a concern for any of the characters. I liked the idea, but not where it went nor how it resolved.

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blcwrites
Oct 15, 2020

I didn't get very far with this best seller and always feel a bit bad for the author. Not that my reading or not makes a difference, but being a writer myself, I know how much pain and suffering goes into getting one written, published, and in readers' hands. I thought the opening was oddly confusing - how long had it been snowing? If I'm going to be asked to look out the window with the character, I want to clear about what I'm seeing and wasn't. After that I poked around a bit and gave up. Too many other books - so little time.

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AaronAardvark1940
Jul 16, 2020

Edwards is spot on in her study of Caroline's efforts on Phoebe's behalf and gives a fair treatment of Phoebe's personality. Having a sister who is more severely limited than Phoebe, I have seen my family work through all of these issues. And my parents (principally my mother) made these efforts two decades before the action in this novel. This was another of our reading project books and because Phoebe hit so close to home for me, I cannot give this book a rating, although I think it is well written.

I changed my mind about rating.

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lindemuldercr
Jun 04, 2020

Great book!

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ccmccolligan
Nov 19, 2019

The book had an intriguing premise and a promising start. However, upon reaching the end of the book, I realize that you don’t really like any of the characters (with Phoebe being the one possible exception) and you don’t really care what happens to them. The characters all seem to be so removed that you feel no emotional attachment to them. I’m rather surprised this is a New York Times bestseller.

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dpatx82
Oct 30, 2019

This book was much deeper and more profound than I expected and I really loved it. The writing was beautiful as well. It was a pleasant surprise and I highly recommend it!

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Jenkskitten
Nov 30, 2018

Sarah3434 says is all about this book...only comment I would add is that it gets fairly wordy at times and just shows what our actions do does affect others.

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sarah3434
Sep 03, 2018

the memory keeper's daughter is about the irony of destiny. David abandoned his daughter who had down syndrome in order to protect his family and have a happy life. However, David ends up having a miserable life and never got the chance to correct his mistake and meet his daughter. This book teaches the readers how to appreciate whatever they have because with faith and love misery can turn into happiness .

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kakacurt
Sep 02, 2018

An unexpectedly powerful book about twins separated at birth, one twin having Downs Syndrome. Well worth the read.

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WoodneathShirlee
Jul 14, 2018

It’s a winter’s night in 1964, when twins are born, one healthy and one with Down’s Syndrome. Next is the split second decision that will alter the family’s life forever. It’s a story of family secrets and long-buried secrets. What happens to the family? What happens to the twins? this is an intriguing read.

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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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