The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
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.
Book Title: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Author: Kim Edwards
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Amazon rating: 3.3
Reviewer: Stephanie Ayers
I began reading this book with much anticipation, only to find it fall flat long before the ending, which kind of just slides out. This is maybe not a bad thing, but it got boring and I found myself rushing to finish the book so I could move on to the next one. Kim Edwards has some pretty descriptions throughout, and she manages to develop the characters enough to make me care about them, but only one of them really had an interesting life, and that was only because of the secrets he held.
The best part of the story involved reminiscing over photos. The emotions were well written, even bringing some out as I read through it. She still has a way of engaging the reader—subtly.
I don’t regret reading it, but it’s one of those “okay I read it” type of books I would read and toss in a yard sale afterwards.
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