Friday, December 28, 2012

Book It - The Memory Keeper's Daughter

This week’s featured book:

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Author: 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 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.

My Comments:

I had to end this year’s ‘Book It’ posts with one of the most remarkable novels I’ve ever come across. Where does one begin with this book? The writing? Fabulous. The characters? Intense. The story? Heartbreaking. Engaging. Emotional. Beautiful. You’ll feel the pain and grief of all the characters, and you will wish you could get right in there with them, right in the pages, and help them. You’ll want to do something. To ease their pain. Heal their wounds. Reveal the secrets that are destroying them. Instead, you will just have to flip from page to page and chapter to chapter eager to find out what happens next. And see if there’s a happy ending to this story. Read this book. It’s a great story.


  1. Thank you for the tip Martha. I am always on the look out for good books.

  2. I wanted to buy this book for my step-Mom (who is a nurse and loves to read novels) but now, you make me want to read it for myself and I don't even like to read novels! :-)

  3. Okay! Now I have to read this book too! It sounds fascinating!