Book Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
by Kim Edwards

Saturday, August 29, 2009

In 1964 people just didn’t raise their own disabled or handicapped children. Well, not the wealthy anyway.  During a blizzard Dr. David Henry is forced to deliver his own twins.  The first a perfect little boy, next a girl, and he realizes immediately that she has Down’s syndrome.
Pain and love co-mingled with exhaustion and adrenaline can certainly fog the mind of even the most upstanding of men.
Dr. Henry makes a split second decision. By trying to protect his wife Norah, he actually destroys her.  By doing what he hopes is best for his family he set in motion a tangled web that will haunt him the rest of his life.
I don’t like reviews that leave you with a feeling that you don’t need to read the book because you know all of the details.  I try to give just enough information to get you interested in the book and anxious to read.
Let’s just say that in this book there are two different families connected yet disconnected, bound by family ties yet not.
It is very exhausting to keep up with the characters in the story. “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” speaks one of every mother’s worst fears into existence.
The main character in the book is a man, but the author is a woman, so you get a lot of “female insight” going on from the man’s point of view.  I think it’s really a book for the ladies. I don’t see the guys enjoying this one.

 

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