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 takeOn 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 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 long ago winter night Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable her grief weighs heavily on their marriage And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.
The Memory Keeper s Daughter On a winter night in 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 Dow
Note This review is chock full of spoilers Read at your own risk.Ugh This book was a disappointment I was drawn in by the premise, my mother in law having borne twins where one was neurotypical and the other was not cerebral palsy in our case As I got into the story, though, its shortcomings became painfully apparent The characters were shallow and unlikable In particular I couldn t stand Norah, whose every hackneyed scene from her flirtation with alcoholism to her tawdry affairs to her rebirth [...]
I wanted to like this book.I plowed through the first fifty or so pages in an airport earlier this week and prematurely told several people that it is quite good.It is not.While the writing is okay and the main plot line is fairly interesting The author indulges in far too many unreasonably trite, cringe worthy subplots It s positively brimming with baby boomer centric sentimental claptrap and At least a half dozen scenes are completely ruined by the author s obvious naivete about the topics she [...]
This book was terrible, not because it was bad, but because it was so good I couldn t put it down until I finished the final pages at 3 in the morning Not a good thing, when your alarm goes off at 5 50 AM.What fascinates me about this book is what it has to say about secrets The basic premise a doctor is forced to deliver his wife s child in the middle of a raging snowstorm The only complication is that she s actually carrying twins the first, a healthy beautiful baby boy the second, a Downs Syn [...]
Will someone please explain to me why, at my age, and I should know better, I m stilled swayed by the words No 1 N.Y Times Bestseller I found this for fifty cents at my library s used book sale last week A warning I clearly ignored But it had a good title, a beautiful, mysterious cover, and lots of people are reading it Lots of people watch Oprah and The View , too About halfway through the first paragraph I realized, too late to get my fifty cents back, that this is CHICK LIT Not even goofy, ov [...]
Man I hated this book the plot had some great potential, but instead you got to witness one scene of frustrated people not knowing how to deal with their emotions after another Seriously, imagine 60 someodd pages of wife I m sad, darling, talk to me husband we can t have another baby silencellowed by wife being angry and husband yet again being emotionally stuntedok, fine, I see that it s a result of him giving away their daughter with downs syndrome, but I just wouldn t end After about 10 of th [...]
I read a bunch of reviews of this book prior to reading it myself, and wasn t sure whether or not I would enjoy it.I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked this book quite a bit, and here s why 1 The story was fascinating What would I have done in that situation It was fun to imagine myself as Norah, Caroline, David or Paul and determine if my actions would mirror theirs, or if I would have done things differently 2 The metaphors and imagery that Edwards uses are captivating For example, [...]
At first I couldn t pinpoint exactly why I was not enjoying a book that sounded as though it would be my kind of book in every way, but the I read and the I thought about it, the reasons emerged From the beginning of the novel there were little details that bothered me The plot often felt contrived, as pieces fell together too nicely Of course life is crazy and there is always the possibility of the little pieces falling in the most peculiar way, but when all of your characters lives seem to [...]
This is one of those books that I always see people reading in parks and on the subway, and I just want to shout at them, Save yourself There s still time to quit reading Really, it s one of those books that has an interesting premise situation, but doesn t go anywhere The interesting premise is this a couple has twins and the father sneaks away with the one twin who has Downs Syndrome The mother doesn t know about this baby and it s raised by the father s coworker You re interested, right Well, [...]
Wow, I m really torn as to what to say about this book I will start by saying that Kim Edwards is a skilled writer and there s no taking that away from her Her words flow beautifully and that was greatly appreciated by me.I began reading this book and fell in love with it From the beginning, I was very sure that I was going to rate it with five stars I was intrigued by the premise It s 1964 and a doctor s wife gives birth to twins The twins were unexpected no ultrasounds back then and so the sec [...]
Onvan The Memory Keeper s Daughter Nevisande Kim Edwards ISBN 143037145 ISBN13 9780143037149 Dar 401 Safhe Saal e Chap 2005
SPOILER FREE REVIEW Reading this book was like an up hill battle for me I have looked forward to reading it for so long and was expecting great things based on all the praise worthy reviews on the book jacket Boy was i disappointed The plot and synopsis of the story had such excellent promise but along the way the author dropped the ball It was very difficult to relate or sympathize with Norah Henry, even though she is the one wronged by her husband s rash but not unfounded decision to lie about [...]
Dark Trees in the HeartThe Memory Keeper s Daughter is a story about a secret a terrible, life altering secret running central to the story and in the lives of the characters In spite of spanning only twenty five years, it has an epic feel A lot happens We first meet Norah and David Henry on the stormy night she gives birth to twins The boy, Paul, is born healthy The second, an unexpected daughter, is born with Down s Syndrome While his wife lay unconscious, David, a doctor who presides over the [...]
Books like this make me mad I thought this story was very upper middle class white suburbia I don t know how to explain it any better, but I thought that there were these tiny sorrows within the story that were turned into gigantic dramas so I guess it reflects the overall narrative in that sense , but I just didn t give a damn There were 2 characters I could relate to, and 3 4 of the book was spent on characters that I felt were wasting away in the perfect suburbia of the 60 s Ugh There were he [...]
The book begins in 1964 A doctor delivers his own wife s son, and to his own surprise, their son s twin sister as well From her physical features, the doctor recognizes the child has Down s Syndrome and to protect his wife from the grief of having a child die early common for Down s children back then since he and his own family had to deal with the death of his sister when she was young, the doctor hands the child over to his trusted nurse and instructs her to take the child to an institution n [...]
The Memory Keeper s Daughter crept up on me in a way I never expected After reading many conflicting reviews I assumed I would either DNF this book at worst or slap 3 stars on it at best.In 1964, Dr David Henry delivers his own twins His son is perfectly healthy His daughter is born with Down s Syndrome Remembering his own sickly sister who died young, and the unending sorrow it caused for his mother, he is determined to protect his wife from the same heartache He asks his nurse to take the baby [...]
Although the premise was extremely interesting, and there were true moments of brilliance in her characterizations, descriptions, and interactions, this book, than anything, left me incredibly angry at the author Contains spoilers Her characters are very deep, but only in one dimension Her two stories are so clearly divided between good and evil, it s unrealistic The last 50 pages or so are so filled with action that it made me wonder if she got to a certain point and her editor told her she ha [...]
A beautiful and moving story about a secret kept for 25 years and the effects on the people involved I really enjoyed this one I knew the secret world come out eventually, I just had that feeling that it would, but I love how the writer moved each of the characters through the story.
This book would have been better if they would have cut out all of the descriptions that were used Too much The wind is blowing, it was cold, etc I wanted the author to get to the point already Other than that a very sad story about the love between a husband and wife and the secrets that are kept between them Although I enjoyed the book it was just ok because of all the extra that was there.
Although I really liked this book, I m not sure I would openly recommend it to people for fear of them coming back and saying, You liked THAT So there, I warned you, and if you decide to read it, you can t blame me The story starts in 1964 with a husband, who is a doctor, delivering his own wife s baby late on a snowy night at his clinic, because they couldn t make it to the hospital in the snow storm After their son is born, his wife gives birth to an unexpected twin a daughter with Down s synd [...]
Some moments in our lives are crossroads, moments where the course of our lives is shaped Sometimes the deviation is minor, and sometimes it is life altering Such are the forces that form the first chapter of Kim Edwards novel, The Memory Keeper s Daughter A dreadful snowstorm forces Dr David Henry to deliver his first child, which to his surprise turns out to be twins The first is a perfect son, ideal in all ways But the second child has Down s syndrome In a moment that changed and defined the [...]
I highly enjoyed this novel Reading some of the negative reviews, I would have to disagree about the plot needing to be exciting or the lack of depth in the characters I believe that was the point of the novel entirely, we cannot label the doctor who gave away his child as bad because his troubled past was revealed and he was genuinely trying to do good, and it was clearly unfolding throughout the progression of the story that he began to regret his once confident choice, but felt as though he [...]
Beautiful writing, horrible story telling I bought this book based on the back cover snapshot No one recommended it to me, so I have no one to blame My problem with this book is, the author had SO MUCH in the palm of her hand that she could have done with this story But she was interested in being poetic and symbolic which is only good if it contributes to great storytelling.I was expecting to love the wife and feel emotionally connected to her throughout the book since she has been deceived, g [...]
This should be a great book for discussion at book club Thought provoking and entertaining.
It s a depressing book A book in which although there is much music and songs, the sound that remains with you at the end is of water dripping from the faucet It irritated me Why would all the different houses have leaky faucets And it was not till the end of the book when David finally repairs the faucet in Norah s house that I realize its significance There is no explaining the characters, but there s no condemning them either They did what they had to Don t we all As Phoebe says, life s unfai [...]
Wasn t it just last night that I said I did not give out five stars easily I have to do it for this book yes, run out and read it as fast as you can, for this novel will give you whole new insights into the mysteries of life and love and grief Most of the books I waste my time reading are plot filled page turners, in which the author has a tremendous story that pours out through the pages, and you get just a little comprehension of what makes the characters tick as they progress through the acti [...]
3.5 StarsA well written and very emotional read It took me a little longer than usual to get into the book I did find it could be overly detailed at times that weren t especially important to the story I would find myself easily distracted by other things going on around me I am usually able to tune everything out when I am into a really good book I will say that this wasn t the case very often but it was something I noticed There was a lot of emotion along with many shocking and dramatic events [...]
Although I read this book avidly, I was mostly disappointed in it It really needed a Good editor THe author does not seem to know what the book is about I could have enjoyed the books theme of how secrets destroy relationships and how everyone has secrets, but it had to branch out and become a women s lib story and a rights of the disabled story I was waiting for the cancer victims story and surprised it didn t surface This author does not have the experience or excellence to tackle all those to [...]
I was highly disappointed in this book When I picked it up, it had great potential A doctor David delivers his own child in a snowstorm only to discover that his wife Norah had twins Hooray, right Nopee boy was born as healthy as all new parents hope their children to be The girl, however, was born with Down s Syndrome Thinking he was making the best choice for his family, he asks his nurse to take the baby to an institution The nurse agrees, but then keeps the child to raise on her own Great Dr [...]
I read this book when I was a member of a reading book group I thought I was going to like it because of the twins children theme I really didn t enjoy it at all I kept thinking something was going to happen it never seemed to happen Around the very end of the book, it finally began to pick up pace a little, but by then I was just ready for it to be over, that I really didn t care what the outcome was.I felt bad for Norah because David kept such a HUGE secret from her, but I also felt like Norah [...]
I guess the book was supposed to be poignant and touching, something at which it failed miserably Although, it did accomplish the feat of being an extremely annoying book I do not have a thing against flawed characters, but there is a difference between flawed and real Just adding grey shades to characters does not make them realistic There are so many discrepancies Norah cheating, her reaction to the revelation, David s actions in their behavior and Caroline remains the only well fleshed out ch [...]