Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards is the story of a family struggling against a secret that has changed their lives significantly. When the young couple drove to the clinic on a snowy night to deliver their child, they never imagined that they would be blessed with twins. However, the father recognizes that the baby girl has down syndrome, and, wanting to spare his wife from unnecessary pain, asks the nurse to take the baby to an institution. He then tells his wife that the baby girl was born dead. The nurse, however, decides to leave town and raise the baby as her own. The novel follows the lives of all the individuals involved as they struggle with this event. The book lapses over two decades to describe what happens to people when secrets are told and kept. Read this book if you like love stories, if you're interested in family dramas, or if you enjoy best sellers. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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