The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

July 26, 2009 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

In 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced to deliver his twins during a blizzard. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but he recognizes immediatly his daughter has Down Syndrome, and he hands to his nurse to take to an institution. This secret haunts David, and his wife Norah, as well as nurse Caroline, as she doesn’t leave the baby at the institution but instead takes it to another city to raise.

This was a moving story about a split second decision which changes lives, and the secrets we keep. It was fast moving, and I liked how the story jumped ahead years, and decades. The resolution was unexpected. The characters were real and moving to me.

I especially liked Caroline and her determination (and days spent researching in the library) to give Phoebe every advantage.

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