The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards | Why Girls Are Weird

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

It is the winter of 1964 and a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. First comes his son, a perfect healthy boy. Then his daughter is born and Dr. Henry realizes that she has Down's syndrome. David makes a split second decision and gives this daughter to his nurse, Caroline Gill, telling her to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, Caroline disappears with the child, deciding to raise the baby herself. Little does David Henry know that this decision is something that will effect his life as well as the lives of his loved ones.

I've had multiple people tell me what an amazing book this is and although I'd read the back several times in both bookstores and the library I always passed it up. However, I finally decided to give in and I must say I'm glad I did. Although I was slow to get into the book, this story is something that was hard to deny. It was almost heartbreaking to see the way that David Henry's choice sculpted his family's life and his own, not to mention Caroline Gill's. Although you want to dislike David at first for what he did you quickly find that David has things from his past that may have caused him to do what he did and you can't help but feel very sad for him. I think that the author, Kim Edwards, did a really good job at writing this. Each character seemed so real and in the end this made me want to live my life with every bit of happiness I could find but also to be careful of the decisions that I make.

I will say that at times I had a hard time keeping with the story BUT that in the end I am so, so happy that I finally read this novel and I'd really suggest it to anyone looking for a good (but kind of sad) read.


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hmm i read this a wwhile ago, again after all the hype. I was dissapointed, really didnt like it not even sure i finished it in the end! i hate it when everyone goes on about a book, it wins awards etc then you don't like it it's like 'is there smething wrong with me?'!

Smart Ass Sara

I have waivered on reading this too and it's always on my back burner as a library second choice. It's one of those where I might really like it or just hate it. Ugh. Decisions, decisions.. :)


Sounds nice, but I hate books that are really hard to get into, always end up with me throwing them away and pick up something else! Not much patience I suppose :)


I decided to read the book after all the hype and I hated it! I don't know, it just wasn't fulfilling! Plus very difficult to get into like you said!

Lynn from For Love or Funny

Methinks I'll pass on this book. Sounds sad. But I liked reading your book review!! (Stopping by from SITS)


Yeah, I read this one too... it was 'okay' but I've surely read worse! ;)

Cafe Fashionista

I've picked this book up a few times at Barnes & Noble, but it just doesn't grab me. :/


I read this a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it! Glad you did too ;)

Anna Walker

I really really really liked that book! :)
So lovely. Did you see the lifetime movie on it? It was also super super good!


You know, I had a hard time with that one too.


thanks for sharing; i'm always looking for reading suggestions. i hate sad, but i might try this one out anyway.

Claire Kiefer

I really liked this book. It was really sad, but such a well-crafted and memorable story. I'd be interested to read more from her.


Hmm sounds like something I would like. I'll have to have a peek next time I get chance!
Also, I've just started a new project called The World View project and it'd mean so much to me if you could check it out? Thanks if you do! ^_^


I am so glad that you posted about this book. One of my friends gave it to me and I just haven't gotten around to reading it. I think I'll check it out.


I thought this book was sad, but I wasn't all that into it. I really didn't get the hype.

Shelley Ann

i read this book a while ago and it was so good! have you seen the movie yet? its an ok adaptation (hey, its lifetime) but the book is so much better! i think the whole situation was just so interesting to me.


i checked this out in the library, along with a bunch of other books and i just havent read this one yet! thanks for the review!


this really is an excellent book! did you see the tv movie? oh man i thought it was horrible

yours truly dear

yeah i'm pretty sure i cried a lot when i read this. i read it awhile ago and now i can't remember if i liked it or not. i think i did.


Sounds like a good read. I love that you do reviews. :)

Phoenix Peacock

This was one of my favorite books. I'm so glad you finally picked it up for more than the back cover. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

erica marie

I've actually thought about reading it but just haven't picked it up yet.


I just finished this one a bit ago. I'd also seen the Lifetime movie version of it. I thought it was a good read. Didn't love part about the Dr's family as much as I did about the Nurse and her daughter.


Good review, not sure I'd heard of this before.

Rachel Elizabeth

I liked it too. I read it while I was pregnant which probably wasn't a good idea but I found the characters interesting.


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I read this aswell, i found it hard to get into and the ending depressed me a bit with basically the secret tearing them apart.


i want to read this! it's on my to read list :)


I love that book to be honest, I know it is sad but life is sad sometimes.

Scientific Housewife

This always comes up in my book swaps and I pass it by but I might have to try it out.

Teenage Bride

This is one of my absolute favorite books!!!

la petite coquine

As a musician, the Memory Keeper's Daughter made me crazy. There were a number of inconsistencies and errors that 5 minutes of internet searching would have fixed, and I was surprised neither Edwards nor her editors took the time. It was so distracting that I couldn't even tell you how it ended. I guess for me it's all in the details!


love this book. :)

:: Lavender's Green ::

I first read this thinking it was 'My Sister's Keeper' by Jodi Picoult because at the time I'd only heard the title of 'My Sister's Keeper' once and clearly, got my books mixed up. I'm glad I did though, because I really enjoyed this book :)

x Jasmine


I'm glad you got around to and liked this book. Kim Edwards is an English professor at the University of Kentucky, where I got my bachelor's. I never had her, but as an English major my first couple of years, I had several friends who did and said she was amazing. When this book came out, it was huge because it is set in Lexington and all of us Lexingtonians were all ape over having a book set in our town. I would love to see it made into a movie, but not sure if that will happen. It's a bit tragedy and a lot of beautiful and I so proud of Ms. Edwards for writing it!