Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Memory-Keeper's Daughter

A rare book review follows.

Yesterday I finished my whirlwind through The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. It was excellent. I haven't been so caught up in a book for months, and it was a good thing I had a good book while I was sick, since I had time to really delve in and finish it.
Here's what the back says:
This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. For motives, he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own...
What this doesn't relay is the emotional depth and connection you feel to the characters as they weave their way through lives filled with secrets, regrets, guilts, and fears. Filled with twists that come at unexpected times, it's the story of a group of people connected by thin threads that seem they could snap at any time. A beautiful period piece, I feel it gave me some interesting insights into the world my grandmother knew as a young mother. I felt it also gives a nice glimpse of the historical fight for rights for children with special needs. Read it. I know you'll love it.

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