Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards -- A Book Review

Book Summary
Kim Edwards's stunning family drama articulates every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and to keep her birth a secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is an astonishing tale of redemptive love.
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  1. My Review
    I really struggled with this book because, while it got rave reviews and was well received, I truly did not find it very enjoyable. While I am interested in reading many types of fiction, even ones that make you think, I don't feel as if I got the closure I wanted and I think David got off easy. I know he struggled with his conscience which ruined his marriage and son, I still think he should have been around to bear Norah's wrath.
    The characters in this book are easy to dislike, which may have been the intention, but I felt no connection to most of the characters, except to feel for Norah's loss, Phoebe's accomplishments, and Paul's horrible childhood. The book does teach a valuable lesson on being honest...oh how things would have been different if David were honest from the beginning.
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