The Memory Keeper's Daughter

by Kim Edwards | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0143037145 Global Overview for this book
Registered by shellheap of Rochester, New Hampshire USA on 9/18/2006
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by shellheap from Rochester, New Hampshire USA on Monday, September 18, 2006
From the Publisher
Award-winning writer Kim Edwards's The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?

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 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 beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by David Henry's fateful decision that long-ago winter night.

A rich and deeply moving page-turner, The Memory Keeper's Daughter captures the way life takes unexpected turns and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets burst into the open. It is an astonishing tale of redemptive love.

Journal Entry 2 by shellheap from Rochester, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
An amazing book with beautiful description and well-developed characters. Surprises and interesting twists and turns throughout!

Journal Entry 3 by shellheap at by mail in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 26, 2006

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Sent to KarenZero. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by KarenZero from Maplewood, New Jersey USA on Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wow, that was fast! It arrived in this morning's mail. I am looking forward to reading this one, as I've heard it is good (a random lady on Amtrak even had to tell me how good it was!). I hope it lives up to the hype! Thanks for sharing the book, Shellheap!

Journal Entry 5 by KarenZero from Maplewood, New Jersey USA on Friday, October 6, 2006
I enjoyed it a lot! I don't really know what to say beyond that, haha. I will send it off to the next reader shortly. Thanks for sharing, shellheap!

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On to the next reader! Sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 7 by shpriz1 from Clifton, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Received it safe and sound.

Journal Entry 8 by shpriz1 from Clifton, New Jersey USA on Monday, November 6, 2006
I can't say that I was "blown away" by this book. I loved the story and the whole idea. I also liked the way the book was organized. However, I found it somewhat dragging at times. It seemed like the author didn't really know where the story is going to, but kept on writing anyway. I do have to give him credit for writing so beautifully, but I think that this story was too "small" to really show off his style. Maybe if it was a family-saga-type-of-book, with plenty of characters, with generations to cover, then the author could really shine. In this book, however, there was no space for it. And it looks like the story suffered for it. A lot of time was spent describing flowers, smells and scents, but at the same time, major events like marriages and deaths were mentioned only briefly. That did not really make sense to me.
Thank you for including me in this ring. Despite all my comments, I will give Kim Edwards another chance.
Waiting for an address from the next participant. Will mail the book as soon as I know where to. :)

11/08/06 - Mailed the book to the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 9 by spoiledrotten from Waldwick, New Jersey USA on Monday, November 13, 2006
Received this in the mail today. Will read this book next then send on to the next person. Thanks so much.

Journal Entry 10 by spoiledrotten from Waldwick, New Jersey USA on Thursday, November 30, 2006
An interesting story, though it was predictable at times. I sent it off this morning to ArtisticAlias.

Thanks for including me in the ring!!!

Journal Entry 11 by ArtisticAlias from Ivyland, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, January 7, 2007
Received this book while I was unavoidably offline. Have begun reading already and will pass along to the next person as soon as I'm done. Sorry for the long silence.

Journal Entry 12 by coasterkim on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I'll read this as soon as I'm done with my other book ray book! Thanks ArtisticAlias! And don't worry at all about the timing. I totally forgot I was even waiting for this book. No need to send me another. : ) How do I know where to send this when I'm done? I don't see a list here.

Journal Entry 13 by coasterkim on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Well, like shpriz1, I loved the story, just didn't love the writing style. The flowery descriptions really started to bug me at times. But I couldn't wait to see what would happen so I did enjoy the book. Don't think I'll run out and get another Kim Edwards book though! Sending to knitwit soon!

Journal Entry 14 by coasterkim on Thursday, March 15, 2007
Well knitwit has already read the book and so has the next person on the list, so I'm sending to BarterHordes!

Journal Entry 15 by BarterHordes from Aberdeen, North Carolina USA on Sunday, April 1, 2007
The book has safely arrived in NC. I'll finish the one I'm currently reading and then tackle this next. I leave Saturday for 9 days in Italy and Greece so I may well be taking it with me as my travel read. I'll journal again when I finish it. Thanks for sharing it.

Journal Entry 16 by lightwavz from Detroit, Michigan USA on Thursday, January 24, 2008
Just received in today's frozen mailbox. I will thaw it up with a thorough read. I'm planning on taking this along as my "backpack read" until I finish it. Thanks, all!

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