The Memory Keeper's Daughter

A #1 New York Times bestseller by Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a brilliantly crafted novel of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love

Kim Edwards’s stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, 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 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, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. 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 the fateful decision made that winter night long ago.

A family drama, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards Summary

The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a novel by American author Kim Edwards that tells the story of a man who gives away his newborn daughter, who has Down syndrome, to one of the nurses. Published by Viking Press in June 2005, the novel garnered great interest via word of mouth in the summer of 2006 and placed on the New York Times Paperback Bestsellers List. The novel was adapted into a television film and premiered on Lifetime Television on April 12, 2008...

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Don't waste your time1 star

Garbage. 15


Snoozer1 star

Don't waste your time! I kept thinking it would get better, but it just drug on! Disappointed 15

Indeed sleep

The Memory Keeper's Daughter5 star and loss and grief and joy. It keeps you involved to the very end 55


Delivered or in phone?4 star

Is it delivered to me or put on my phone???? 45

Sly gray

The Memory Keeper's Daughter2 star

Started off pretty good but after several chapters, it was predictable and boring. I was skipping pages the last half of the book. 25


The Memory Keepers Daughter5 star

Beautifully written,heart wrenching story. Uncovers the heartache that secretes hold for not only the keeper of them, but those all around them. 55

Lol maniac

The Memory Keeper's Daughter5 star

AMAZING!!!!!!! I couldn't take my eyes off it!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars.  55


The Memory's Keeper's Daughter5 star

Read this book for a book club pick, great book, couldn't put down 55

Karra D.

Loved it!5 star

I absolutely loved this book. I recommend this book to anyone who asks about reading. Kim Edwards did a wonderful job. My favorite book of all time. 55



this was a great story i am a complete bookworm and this book was one of the best books ive ever read 55

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