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Memory Keeper's Daughter

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Edwards, Kim(2005)
Memory Keeper's Daughter

In the midst of a snowstorm in 1964, twins were born to David and Norah a perfect boy and a girl with Down syndrome. Hoping to spare his sedated wife, David, a physician, tells her that the girl was stillborn and then asks his nurse to take the infant girl to an institution. Instead, the nurse leaves town and raises the girl as her own. The ramifications of those decisions are surprising and life-changing for both families. Kim Edwards, in her debut novel, uses beautiful prose to explore the meaning of love and family. This novel, as it follows the families over three decades, will be especially appealing to readers who enjoy strong characterization.

Reviewed by Dale C., South County Regional

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