Kim Edwardsâ's stunning family drama evokes the spirit of Sue Miller and Alice Sebold, articulating every motherâ'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 Keeperâ's Daughter is an astonishing tale of redemptive love. BACKCOVER: â?Edwards is a born novelist. . . . Rich with psychological detail and the nuances of human connection.â?
â?Unfolds from an absolutely gripping premise, drawing you deeply and irrevocably into the entangled lives of two families and the devastating secret that shaped them both. I loved this riveting story.â?
â?Sue Monk Kidd
â?Anyone would be struck by the extraordinary power and sympathy of The Memory Keeperâ's Daughter.â?
â?The Washington Post
â?Kim Edwards has written a novel so mesmerizing that I devoured it. . . . The Memory Keeperâ's Daughter has it all.â?
â?Sena Jeter Naslund
â?Kim Edwards has created a tale of regret and redemption, of honest emotion, of characters haunted by their past. This is simply a beautiful book.â?
During a snowstorm in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his own twin children, but when he realizes that the girl twin has Down syndrome he sends her away with a nurse and tells his wife that the girl died. This dark secret cripples the family in subtle but terrible ways. David, guilt-stricken, becomes icy and removed, finding solace only in his photography. His wife throws herself into her career and also a series of affairs. Paul, their son, turns to music to escape the unloving home. Meanwhile, Phoebe grows up in the home of the nurse, a lonely romantic who secretly loves David. Kim Edwards explores the psychological reverberations of the pivotal action with insight and heart.
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- May 30, 2006
- May 30, 2006
- Kim Edwards