Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Back Cover: This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down's syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper's Dauighter is a brillantly crafted story of parallele lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love.
This was a very good book. I think from this book and a few others I really like reading books that tell a whole life story from when they were a baby or really young til like they're older at least 20 years later. It's amazing how that one decision shaped everyone's lives. It affected more than like 20 people because of DAvid's whole family, Caroline and the people she met and the people that Phoebe met and it goes on! But it's also fascinating to read how you may think you know someone or know your family but you never will completely because there are so many sides to someone and so much to know about someone, you'll always learn something about them and that's also the beauty of relationships to learn someone and accept them for everything they are. And its so sad how Norah and David just became so separated because of that one thing, and Paul too. How the were still married but didn't know each other at all and became completely different people. It makes me feel def blessed for how my family is, but it still makes you think! The wonders of reading ya know, of how wow my parents had a whole other life before me and my brothers came but you always think of your parents as just your mom and dad when they were someone else before, it's hard to believe. But things like that in this book just make you think and I like that. Teen books are good and everything especially the series ones I read but they only take place in such a constricted area and in such a short amount of time like senior year and that's it, you don't get to know the person as much as books like this. But I really liked it and def glad I bought it for only like $2 I think at Half Price hehe :] Onto the next!

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