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The Memory Keeper's Daughter eBook ë Paperback Read ☆ 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 neOn 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 Will someone please explain to me why at my age and I should know better I'm stilled swayed by the words No 1 NY 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 over the top fun chick lit but takes itself waaay too serious chick lit pretending to be literature The subtitle of this preposterous premised book choked with a mountain of useless detail should have been My Hidden Breastfeeding Agenda Brought to You By the La Leche League She goes on on on and on about the milk rising and other numerous references to the Joy of Breastfeeding At least in the first chapters Then she drops it like a hot potato busily filling the pages with endless detail about patterns on people's clothing and how the ground looks Instead of working on character development Anyway the plot is just too much Husband Pretends Handicapped Baby is Born Dead Keeps Big Secret From Wife and Marriage is NEVER THE SAME Well duhThe main characters except Caroline are wholly unlikeableThe writing is beyond tolerable; my eyes rolled so often they hurtEdwards clearly has The Writer's Guide to Trite and The Big Book of Cliches on her reference shelf Ugh Why do rooms always have to be small but immaculate? Also while casuarina trees and bougainvillea exist on Aruba the trademark tree is the Divi divi and cacti are typical than flowers Let me guess Edwards has never been there right?And note to author You don't know your ass from a hole in the ground about photography Photography is about secrets she writes Whaaaa???? I thought it was about revelation and discovery Thanks Kim I'll bring my diploma from RIT to work tomorrow and shred it in the shredder And my friends out there if you ever hear me coin a phrase like Memory Keeper in reference to me being a photographer please walk uietly up behind me and smash my skull in with a baseball bat At least that will be pleasurable than reading this book

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R 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 ow 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 follow that incredible pattern it begins to feel ridiculous Some of the characters themselves also became clichés Perhaps I reached a certain point in the story where I began to look for things that bothered me and therefore found them readily than other readers Yet Norah the mother of the twins and her sister Bree seem to never really develop Bree is the young free loving free spirit who is thus almost a danger to Norah’s thoughts on life – and that is what she remains even when older and diagnosed with cancer although Norah does come to appreciate her Norah whose life unravels for a bit after she thinks her daughter has died drinks too much and then begins having affairs and this is who she remains for most of the novel The characters just seemed too much like a sappy Lifetime movie for me to really take them inside of me and keep with me I was also very disappointed in the character of Phoebe the Down’s syndrome daughter given away by her father She was the driving force of the novel and yet we really never know her other than glimpses through the eyes of Caroline Paul her twin brother is given thoughts but Phoebe’s mind remains a mystery I understand the difficulty in writing honestly for a character with Down’s but I kept thinking of the autistic narrator in Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time who was so rich and incredible and believable if you haven’t read this one please do I just thought that Edwards had a mission in humanizing those who suffer Down’s syndrome; and that she herself undermines her purpose with the complete omission of Phoebe’s voice I wanted to know this child as a child and not as a sad plot device In all fairness however I have to say that I did love certain passages as Edwards’ poetic language captured me wholly In the end I think that my largest issue with this book was the absolute destruction of this family I know that what happened at the birth of the babies was tragic and life changing but I felt as though it was a bit contrived that it drove every emotion and interaction afterwards for the remainder of the characters’ lives Perhaps for me it just made their bonds from the beginning suspect as their destruction was made so inevitable by that one tragic mistake I didn’t believe it and perhaps because we read to understand others and to change ourselves I do not want to believe it

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The Memory Keeper's DaughterTake 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 uarter of a century in which these two families ignorant of each other are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long ago winte 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 silencefollowed 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 these scenes we get the point Then we progress to 60 pages of a new hell son dad I love music you don't know who I am father son don't limit yourself to only this option once again fine as a single scene but we have to endure it again and AGAIN Then the book adds some completely random characters has people reflect on life ad nauseum and basically does nothing to make you care about any of the characters Also despite basing an entire story around the mistake of giving up a child because of a mental disability it gave absolutely no credit to the young girl who has downs syndrome She's of a prop than a person no part of the story is told from her perspective and asside from the desire to marry her boyfriend never gets the chance to show the world what she wants and feels Great job reaffirming stereotypes My boss loved this book and some of my coworkers thought it was OK but obviously I thought it was bad enough to write a barely cohesive rant rather than a review This book was a waste of time and paper