The Memory Keeper's Daughter
I loved this book. Even though it was sad, it was still amazing.
In 1964 Dr. David Henry is forced to deliver his own twins. The boy is perfectly fine. The girl has Down's syndrome. He makes a decision that changes their lives forever. He gives the baby to his nurse Caroline and asks her to take the baby to an institution. He tells his wife that the baby died at birth. Except when Caroline gets to the institution, she's unable to leave the baby there so she raises the child as her own. From that one decision his marriage and family fall apart. But it changes Caroline's life for the better, and she loves Phoebe (the baby) like her own child.
I was amazed at the cruel decision Dr. David Henry made, but touched by Caroline's action to keep the child. This story is very moving and kept my attention the entire time.
WOW! This book truly captures the human heart, mind, and conscience. I don't want to spoil the book, because I really want you guys to read it, but Kim Edwards possesses an amazing talent of psychoanalyzing someone. The narrator follows the story of two very different, but very connected, families.
One of the main characters is faced with a choice about his children's futures in the opening, and his decision sets the tone for the entire novel.
Issues dealt with in this play include: disabilities, prejudice, lying, family secrets, adoption, adultery, divorce... etc.
READ IT NOW!.please. =]
The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards is the story of a man, David, who makes a life changing decision the night his children are born. He delivers his wifes twin babies, but both babies where not as perfect as he would have wanted. His baby daughter had Downs Syndrome. His response was to hand the baby off to the nurse and have her take the baby to an institute. He lies to his wife and tells her the baby was still born. This choice changes his life forever and not in a good way it tares apart his marriage, family, and career.
This book was very interesting and the topic was so intriguing. Throughout it you are asking your self How could he do that! At times the book seemed to drag on a bit, but when I got to an important part I couldnt put it down. I was dying to see what peoples reactions would be and how they were going to handle the situation when the truth finally came out.
I would give this book about a 3 because the situation was very intriguing, but some parts were kind of dull. I still cant believe that he would give away his own daughter no matter what was wrong with her!