Thursday, March 29, 2007

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 beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by David Henry's fateful decision that long-ago winter night."

My thoughts:

When David makes his fateful decision, I knew it was wrong, but I didn't know how the decision would affect his and his family's life. Kim Edwards took me on a bittersweet journey throughout the decades as she focuses on both David, Norah and Paul's life without Phoebe and Phoebe's life with Caroline. I especially liked the use of themes such as family, home, photography, memory and music.

Date read: 3/29/2007
Book #: 27
Rating: 4* = great
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0143037145
ISBN-13: 978-0143037149
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
# of Pages: 401
Binding: Paperback


Literary Feline said...

Wonderful review, Krin! I really enjoyed this one too--and your review said exactly how I felt about the story.

krin said...