The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel by Kim Edwards

Award-winning writer Kim Edwards's The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by David Henry's fateful decision that long-ago winter night.

A rich and deeply moving page-turner, The Memory Keeper's Daughter captures the way life takes unexpected turns and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets burst into the open. It is an astonishing tale of redemptive love.

“The Memory Keeper’s Daughter unfolds from an absolutely mesmerizing premise, drawing you deeply and irrevocably into the entangled lives of two families and the devastating secret that shapes them both. I loved this riveting story with its intricate characters and beautiful language.”
—Sue Monk Kidd

“In The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards has created a tale of regret and redemption . . . of characters haunted by their past. Crafted with language so lovely you have to reread the passages just to be captivated all over again . . . simply a beautiful book.”
—Jodi Picoult

“Anyone would be struck by the extraordinary power and sympathy of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.”
—The Washington Post

“Edwards is a born novelist.”
—Chicago Tribune

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  • Christine

    September 9, 2014

  • Christine

    It was the mighty team of four last night but it was great discussion...
    Bc I have had to miss many things bc of back to school nights, etc... I'll be more than happy to host this one again... Let me know ASAP if you want me to reschedule. I checked with Mangia and they have room open on 9/29.

    As for the book... Personally thought it was good but the writing bugged me...she focused on things irrelevant to what the true plot or scene was....
    Everyone else enjoyed the book, we talked a lot about the time frame, knew something like this is plausible bc of that...
    Thanks for coming!!

    1 · September 9, 2014

  • Mary

    I enjoyed hearing the different perspectives on the plot line, the characters, and the overall themes of the book!

    September 9, 2014

  • Christine

    Ok ill
    Be there - I can always sync up with the others another day too.lets
    Go ahead and meet

    September 8, 2014

  • Alexandra K.

    Definitely coming but don't mind if we have to reschedule.

    September 8, 2014

  • Christine

    Hi I see several
    Cancellation and
    Some she to back to school
    Night. Can the remaining folks confirm
    You will in attendance? If more drop out I can see about rescheduling.

    September 8, 2014

    • Jarrod

      Planning on attending. But if you would rather reschedule, I understand.

      September 8, 2014

  • Cari W.

    I apologize for my late change in plans. I wasn't aware of a Back To School night that I need to attend for my daughter.

    September 8, 2014

  • Christine

    an interview with the author on this book if you are interested:

    September 8, 2014

  • Trish B.

    Just realized back to school is the same night. Hope to make it next month.

    September 7, 2014

  • mary b

    See y'all next month :-)

    September 7, 2014

  • Lisa

    I tried to hang with this book, but I am just not liking the writing style. I am abandoning ship!

    September 5, 2014

  • Suzee

    Christine - Sorry to report that I will be out of town for work during this time.

    July 14, 2014

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