Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's DaughterThe Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book very much. I moved quickly through the first 120 pages, and then the story slowed down considerably. I pushed through it, and the pace picked back up again for the last 150 or so pages. Well-written although a bit prosy. Characters were slightly one dimensional, although they did grow in believable circumstances.

Synopsis: On a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, 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.

Recommended Reading:
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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