The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
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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.
 

About Kim Edwards

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Kim Edwards is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, which was translated into thirty-eight languages.  She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Lake of Dreams, and a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King.  Her honors include the Whiting Award, the British Book Award, and USA Today’s Book of the Year, as well as the Nelson Algren Award, a National Magazine Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught widely in the US and Asia, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
 
Published February 1, 2007 by Large Print Press. 711 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Unfortunately, after its fast and sure-footed start, the story sags: Edwards insists heavy-handedly on the consequences of David’s lie but fails to deliver any true catharsis, and when David does confess, it’s not to Norah.

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Caroline bonds with Phoebe and becomes politically active on her behalf, while Norah Henry brings up Phoebe's twin, Paul, in a haze as she mourns her supposedly dead daughter.

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Edwards's assured but schematic debut novel (after her collection, The Secrets of a Fire King) hinges on the birth of fraternal twins, a healthy boy and a girl with Down syndrome, resulting in the father's disavowal of his newborn daughter.

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It was David's need to protect Norah from the sorrows of raising a child such as his sister that forced him to give Phoebe away, never understanding how the death of a child would impact his wife, or any mother.

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Norah and Caroline both start the book waiting to be defined, Caroline by romance, Norah by motherhood.

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The book leaps from that moment to other parallel moments in the lives of twins Paul and Phoebe, and those involved in the choices that made those lives so very different.

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Book Reporter

What David decides to do is pretty close to being a crime --- he asks Caroline to take the baby away to a home that cares for children like Phoebe, and he tells his wife that their daughter has died.

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This is a powerful novel.ProsA gripping story that you won't want to put downWell developed, complex charactersThe Memory Keeper's Daughter explores love, pain, heartache& redemption through a powerful storyConsI don't have a conDescriptionThe Memory Keeper's Daughter uses the third person to giv...

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Phoebe and Paul grow up apart from and unknown to each other, Phoebe with unconditional love and Paul within the shadow of his father's lie to Norah that Phoebe died at birth.

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BookRack

Meanwhile Caroline takes the baby girl away to the home, but decides not to admit her to that place.

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Grasping For The Wind

Dr. Henry tried to spare her that pain, (although he ultimately caused more than he saved), to allow her to remain a perfect wife and mother.

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Variety

As for David and Norah, his decision gnaws at him and wreaks havoc on every relationship in his family.Condensing Edwards' book into cinematic chapters, director Mick Jackson (who knows something about tear-jerking, having done "Tuesdays With Morrie") and writer John Pielmeier use David's passion...

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