The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
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Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son is perfectly healthy, but his daughter has Down's syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect his wife, he asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, the nurse disappears into another city to raise th... More

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Same love in contrast
The story started from Lexington, KY some twenty years ago. Dr. Henry told a white lie to his wife that they gain one health boy but lost another girl. This lie brings twenty years of loss and regret and built up a wall between him and his family. He has to isolate himself so as to keep the deep secret in mind. He didn't know how to love the family members nearby but cannot help thinking about the ones he thought he lose long ago. The story has lots of contrast: healthy Paul and unhealthy Phoebe; the one he admires and the one admires him; the decent life he owns and his poor origin (he even changed his name to get rid of it); his generosity to unknown and his isolate to family members.

Another features of Kim's work is 'regional.' Her description about this area is so detailed and real as if you were on the street or sitting on Dr. Henry's passenger seat. Having lived in PA-OH-WV area for two years, I can even remember every exits on I-76 by reading the book. Not to forget that Caroline lived in Oakland area of Pittsburgh for years. Luckily I lived in the same lovely area for two years. With Kim's words, I can virtually traveled back to Pittsburgh.