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 the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night.
A brilliantly crafted, stunning debut, The Memory Keeper's Daughter explores the way life takes unexpected turns, and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets burst into the open.
©2005 Kim Edwards; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Edwards has written a deeply moving drama covering 25 years in the lives of two families and exploring the damage a single lie can do to all involved. Plimpton's performance brings it all into sharp focus." (AudioFile)
I am puzzled by the wide range of reviews!
I enjoyed this book. It was very well read. The narrator did a terrific job.
I am looking forward to Kim Edward's next book.
So happy to finally be downloading my next book. I listed to the Unabrided version of this book- every painful, uninteresting, and unneeded word. The author needs to invest in a thesaurus! If I heard the word PALE on more time I was gonna scream. There were plots that never came to any point. She would break some major event in the book, but dilute it with useless flashbacks forcing the reader to drift once again and miss the crux of the story. Don't bother. My 6th grader could write better.
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This was the worst! The story is trite, the writing is third rate and the narrator's voice is annoying. I'm really forcing myself to finish this book. Don't waist your credit...
I did not like this book. It went on and on about individuals that were miserable and had no purpose. The characters blame each other for their miserable lives and there was no point. I wanted it to end so that I could get on with a better more interesting book.
I found the story tedious, without a single sympathetic character. And Martha Plimpton's attempt to create different voices was distracting and unsuccessful. I don't recommend it and definately wished I hadn't wasted a credit on it.
I listen to my Audible books mostly in the car on the way to and from work. I can tell a good book when I want to take it into the house!
This was excellent all the way around; a book about secrets and the consequences of keeping them.
Looks like I should have read the reader reviews before getting this book. The premise is interesting but the underlying philosophy is self-involved and irresponsible.
i read the book based upon the comments in the n.y. times saying that it is succeeding pimarily on word of mouth...and i agree. well written, beautifully read. it runs the course of anger, dismay, contempt, compassion, curiosity. could not stop listing. story is never contrived. it follows its own natural course
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