Title: The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Author: Kim Edwards
Page Count: 401
Genre(s): Romance, drama, hurt, family, fiction
Publisher: Penguin Books
Summary: Successful doctor David Henry and beautiful wife Norah are about to have their first child. During a cold and snowy night in March, Norah goes into labor and David is forced to deliver his new child in his own clinic only to discover what a beautiful discovery is usually for a new parent: unexpected twins. The boy is perfect and the image of good health, however the girl is anything but. The diagnosis is clear: Down's syndrome. In order to protect his wife from emotional harm David orders his nurse to take the baby away to an institution, setting in motion the wheel of outrageous events and new, scattered lives.
Review: By far this is one of my favorite books, not just because it takes place close to my home town (Kentucky), but because of the creative emotional plot Kim Edwards was able to create. She went beyond the line most writers nowadays never dare pass by touching on a sensitive but controversial subject, and retelling the cruel truths of the past on how mentally handicapped people were treated.
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