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The Memory Keeper's Daughter | [Kim Edwards]

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Donna Auburn, MA, USA 09-11-06
    Donna Auburn, MA, USA 09-11-06
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    "Hated it!"

    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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    Suzanne Harvie Humacao, PR 08-29-06
    Suzanne Harvie Humacao, PR 08-29-06 Member Since 2003

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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...

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    Karie Dania Beach, FL, USA 08-15-06
    Karie Dania Beach, FL, USA 08-15-06
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    "Didn't like this book!"

    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.

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    Wanda Hanahan, SC, USA 08-03-06
    Wanda Hanahan, SC, USA 08-03-06
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    "Great Book"

    I loved this book. It kept you guessing all the time. I would recommend it to everyone I can't wait for her next book.

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    Darcy San Francisco, CA, USA 06-30-06
    Darcy San Francisco, CA, USA 06-30-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Didn't like it at all"

    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.

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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 04-05-06
    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 04-05-06
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    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.

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    Diana Saline, MI, USA 10-12-06
    Diana Saline, MI, USA 10-12-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Maudlin"

    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.

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    Joesph venice, CA, USA 07-19-06
    Joesph venice, CA, USA 07-19-06
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    "Bravo! Bravo!"

    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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