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The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Author: Kim Edwards
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 for...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143037149
ISBN-10: 0143037145
Publication Date: 5/30/2006
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 5387 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Memory Keeper's Daughter on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 86
This book is a difficult read for those that don't remember times before we "mainstreamed" children with developmental and physical handicaps. The Memory Keeper's Daughter was a selection for my book club, and those younger than 40 found the storyline unbelievable.
Since I am 50+, I gave birth to my first child much like Norah did, drugged and delirious, although it was in a hospital. Someone could have told my my child died, and I couldn't have proven differently. I also remember as a child, friends and neighbors of my mothers who went to the hospital to have babies, and told people that they had stillborns, but there weren't funerals, and the whispers.
This is a well-written book about courage, and love, pain, grief and guilt and how different all that was in 1960.
reviewed The Memory Keeper's Daughter on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 83
I found this book, trite, predictable and overly wrought with sentimental platitudes. The story isn't that original or exciting, and the characters are shallow and easy to dislike. Although many others really enjoy this book-as it has been on the best sellers list, i just couldn't stand it. If you like the Hallmark channel and Little House on the Prairie, you'll probably like this.
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Helpful Score: 56
This book started out fantastic and then abuptly slid downhill without hope for recovery. Don't read if the synopsis on the back cover intrigues you because it hints that the book it something it isn't. Not what I was expecting at all. Characters are two dimensional, prose is long and carried out. I had to force myself to finish this book. I rarely ever read a book I don't like, this just happens to fall into that minute category.
reviewed The Memory Keeper's Daughter on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 42
I had to force myself to keep picking this one up to finish it. I wanted to know what happened in the end, but I felt like it took forever to get there.
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Helpful Score: 41
Although well received, I did not find this book very compelling. Full of predictable cliches, the book was a disappointment.
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reviewed The Memory Keeper's Daughter on + 9 more book reviews
I thought id enjoy this book since i have twins one being special needs, it started out well but went downhill within the first few chapters. I forced my self to finish it hoping it would get better
reviewed The Memory Keeper's Daughter on + 204 more book reviews
This novel has hit me oddly. The scene descriptions and settings I thought were quite artistic and lovely to read. The plotting felt shallow, with a few scenes coming in out of nowhere and with little impact. Characters were both engaging and then unchanging, with very little growth happening.

Does that sound inconsistent? The novel really wasn't; rather there were some aspects that worked well, and some that didn't, and the range between what worked and what didn't was large.

A solid, middle-of-the-road novel. 3 of 5 stars.
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What a thought provoking, soul searching, deeply emotional work. 4 lives that would have been profoundly different if not for one lie. A sample of what we allow our brains to do to our lives.
Will probably read this again and again as I am sure there are depths I have not reached yet with the lessons to be learned here.
Would recommend to one and all. Especially those I know are dealing with a secret too big to share. 5 Stars!!!!

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