The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Large Print - 2007
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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.
Publisher: Detroit, MI : Thomson Gale, 2007, c2005
Edition: Large print ed
Description: 711 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781594131974
Branch Call Number: LP Edwa


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Sep 03, 2018

the memory keeper's daughter is about the irony of destiny. David abandoned his daughter who had down syndrome in order to protect his family and have a happy life. However, David ends up having a miserable life and never got the chance to correct his mistake and meet his daughter. This book teaches the readers how to appreciate whatever they have because with faith and love misery can turn into happiness .

Sep 02, 2018

An unexpectedly powerful book about twins separated at birth, one twin having Downs Syndrome. Well worth the read.

Jul 14, 2018

It’s a winter’s night in 1964, when twins are born, one healthy and one with Down’s Syndrome. Next is the split second decision that will alter the family’s life forever. It’s a story of family secrets and long-buried secrets. What happens to the family? What happens to the twins? this is an intriguing read.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

What a beautiful, difficult book about choices, personal loss, and deceptions. What would you do in Caroline's shoes?

Mar 11, 2018

I happened upon this book in a book swap box. Always eager to pick up at least one book, I decided on this one even though the storyline didn’t immedietly catch my attention. Imagine my surprise when halfway through I couldn’t put it down, staying up way too late too many nights to get through to the end. This book is intriguing and reminds us how one decision can affect your life forever going forward - be that better or worse.

Dec 30, 2017

There were enough secrets and plot twists to keep me reading til the end. On hindsight, however, it was a very middle-class white look at family life, everyone had a home with a garden, there was a BIG focus on children,and the solution to every thing seemed to be to get married. Even the alcoholism of one of the main characters was treated superficially, as if it was a normal response to her marital problems, and it just disappeared into thin air after a while. Also a bit too much detail about what people were wearing. There was one character who was an anti-war protester, but that also disappeared into thin air when she got married and got a job.

CatherineG_1 Aug 20, 2017

March 1964, a young doctor and his pregnant wife are on their way to the hospital during a horrible snowstorm. They end up at his clinic and he is forced to deliver the baby with the assistance of his loyal nurse.
A healthy, baby boy named Paul is delivered. While his wife is sedated. a second baby, a girl, Phoebe is born but with Down's syndrome.
In those few moments, the doctor makes a decision that will impact peoples' lives forever.
Great story with many discussion points. Would be ideal for book club.

May 28, 2017

A friend of mine had offered to let me borrow a few of her favorite books. I knew nothing about this novel, but was excited to get into it. The story is set back in the 60s (well, that's when it starts, it then follows the plot along for another 25+ years). A quick rundown: A couple has twins, the second child born (a daughter) has Down's Syndrome, so while the mother is under anesthesia, the father (also the doctor who delivered the babies) asked the nurse to take the baby to an institution and tells his wife the baby died. As the story unfolds you see how this one decision effects the lives of so many people. I really enjoyed how each chapter was written from another person's perspective. At times it felt a bit long, but definitely kept me interested and engaged.

Great twist and turns of a doctor, the wife and his nurse.

AmandaVollmershausen Dec 23, 2013

I found the pace of this novel to be excellent, the themes very well developed (family ties, secrets, barriers to intimacy) but I did not get caught up in it as I expected. Nevertheless, it's worth a read and covers a subject that is either uncommonly written about or I simply had never read a book focussing on families with mentally delayed children. The prose is a perfect bland of complexity and simplicity.

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Nov 18, 2013

"After all, a picture could be a thousand different things"

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Life is a gift remember to open it.


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booklady1 Aug 18, 2013

A family drama, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered.


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Feb 10, 2011

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