Saturday, July 9, 2011

Book Review - The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards is not just about Phoebe.  It is a story tracing the lives of two families, starting in 1964.  Dr. David Henry gets his wife, Nora, to his clinic early one morning during a blizzard after she goes into labor quite suddenly.  She has a healthy baby boy, Paul.  When a second, unexpected daughter is born, David and his nurse Caroline see right away that she has Down syndrome.  David faces his past demons of a dead sister and distraught mother, and begin the baby's life with a lie. 

"He closed his eyes and when he could speak again, more words came, unplanned.  'Oh, my love,' he said [to his wife]  'I am so sorry.  Our little daughter died as she was born.' 

The first chapter of The Memory Keeper's Daughter sets the whole plot into motion.  Caroline (who's in love with Dr. Henry) is told to bring the unwanted baby to a nearby sanitarium.  But she decides to run away with her instead, after seeing the squalid living conditions there. 

As the story progresses, we travel with the characters through time, two families living their separate lives.  I don't want to spoil the ending for you.  All I'll say is that the character development and storyline is superb and very believable.  I think any person can relate to at least one of the characters.  The more the story develops, the more involved you'll become.  I could hardly put the book down in the end.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter spent 21 weeks on the New York Times Paperback Bestsellers list in 2006.  In April 2008, a made-for-television movie premiered on Lifetime Television.  A few of the extraneous characters were dispenses with in the movie and the film was released on DVD in October 2008.


BeadedTail said...

I thought I read this book but now I can't tell/remember. Kind of ironic due to the title huh? :) I'll have to read more about it and see if I've read it already.

Erika said...

I have not read it but I did see the movie. Brilliant story and incredibly touching.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I'm not usually a book reader, but this one sounds very interesting!

One Of A Kind said...

While reading your review, I too thought that I had read this book.. After reading the above comments, it must be that I saw the movie and it was great!

P.S. Thank you Deb for visiting my 6WS blog post, and your thoughtful note x0

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a book review, how cool.

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tamdoll said...

This was definitely a memorable story.

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