Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Book ~ "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" Kim Edwards (2006)
From Amazon.com ~ This novel hinges on the birth of fraternal twins, a healthy boy and a girl with Down syndrome, resulting in the father's disavowal of his newborn daughter. A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, KY, in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their babies himself, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son, Paul's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage, he grapples with guilt, Norah mourns her lost child and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well.
This isn't the kind of story that I normally read. Though I found that it took me longer than usual to read it (I guess because of the writing style), I persevered and enjoyed it. If I don't like a book, I don't finished it.
David and Norah are weak and selfish and I didn't find them likeable. They had so much going for them but they allowed everything to fall apart without putting any effort to fix things.