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The Memory Keeper's Daughter review ë 104 Ï 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 thOn 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. Note This review is chock full of spoilers Read at your own riskUgh This book was a disappointment I was drawn in by the premise my mother in law having borne twins where one was neurotypical and the other was not cerebral palsy in our case As I got into the story though its shortcomings became painfully apparent The characters were shallow and unlikable In particular I couldn't stand Norah whose every hackneyed scene from her flirtation with alcoholism to her tawdry affairs to her rebirth as a liberated entrepreneur recalled the one Danielle Steele book I read out of desperation during a boring summer at my parents' house So many times the plot seemed to be building up to a climax which inevitably fell flat son Paul's drugged out ransacking of his father's workroom for example could've led to his discovering the file on his sister but instead was resolved with no revelations just a lame father son chat and an admonition to clean up the mess what was the point As for David and his photography the title Memory Keeper would've been poignant if say David had kept his photography a private thing albums filled with desperately orchestrated scenes of 'happy' family moments that never were; instead the author chose another Steele worthy plot of turning him into a detached semi pro photo artist with some high concept obsession with linking anatomy with nature scenes Whatever The uestion of how David pulled off his daughter's faked death is also nagging Even if he did sign the death certificate himself how did he swing the service and burial Should we assume that he simply nipped down to Caskets R Us for a wee box informed everyone that he stuck her in there and that no one blinked an eyeThe closest thing to a sympathetic realistic character was Caroline the nurse who raised Phoebe And speaking of Phoebe the author seemed to care less about transcending Down Syndrome stereotypes and fleshing her out as a fully realized character than for using her as a bland abstraction a screen against which the other characters project their neuroses and complicated life choices The author is very enad of setting a scene right down to the dust motes in the air and the color of people's shoes She puts too much effort into description and not enough on weaving a compelling plot Redundancy and trite dialogue are a constant annoyance Oh and the whole Rosemary plot at the end What David just happens to stumble upon some pregnant homeless chick in his abandoned childhood home who's about Phoebe's age and after she takes him prisoner and he confesses his precious sins to her he basically adopts her like a neurotypical stand in for the broken daughter he gave away Was that supposed to be some act of redemption taking in a girl and her baby to atone for the baby he rejected The whole thing reeks of symbolism but did anyone else just find this twist not only implausible but creepy FehI struggled to finish this book but I wouldn't recommend anyone doing the same to themselves

Kim Edwards ¿ 4 review

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 story that unfolds over a uarter of a century in which these two families ignorant of each other are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long ago winte. Man I hated this book the plot had some great potential but instead you got to witness one scene of frustrated people not knowing how to deal with their emotions after another Seriously imagine 60 someodd pages of wife I'm sad darling talk to me husband we can't have another baby silencefollowed by wife being angry and husband yet again being emotionally stuntedok fine I see that it's a result of him giving away their daughter with downs syndrome but I just wouldn't end After about 10 of these scenes we get the point Then we progress to 60 pages of a new hell son dad I love music you don't know who I am father son don't limit yourself to only this option once again fine as a single scene but we have to endure it again and AGAIN Then the book adds some completely random characters has people reflect on life ad nauseum and basically does nothing to make you care about any of the characters Also despite basing an entire story around the mistake of giving up a child because of a mental disability it gave absolutely no credit to the young girl who has downs syndrome She's of a prop than a person no part of the story is told from her perspective and asside from the desire to marry her boyfriend never gets the chance to show the world what she wants and feels Great job reaffirming stereotypes My boss loved this book and some of my coworkers thought it was OK but obviously I thought it was bad enough to write a barely cohesive rant rather than a review This book was a waste of time and paper

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The Memory Keeper's DaughterR night Norah Henry who knows only that her daughter died at birth remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage And Paul their son raises himself as best he can in a house grown cold with mourning Meanwhile Phoebe the lost daughter grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her ow. I read a bunch of reviews of this book prior to reading it myself and wasn't sure whether or not I would enjoy itI was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked this book uite a bit and here's why1 The story was fascinating What would I have done in that situation It was fun to imagine myself as Norah Caroline David or Paul and determine if my actions would mirror theirs or if I would have done things differently 2 The metaphors and imagery that Edwards uses are captivating For example she describes crocuses shouting and a wedge of air coming through an open door The juxtaposition of physical characteristics ascribed to inanimate objects and the fusion of opposites added texture to the storyGoing along with that she used the wind as a metaphor unrest loneliness loss guilt shame it spoke a different language to each of the characters and manifested itself in interesting ways The obsessive compulsive picture taking the drive to make sense of the world the bones the running the travel all of these were terrific physical manifestations of inner turmoil some blatant others subtle reminders of the loss3 Edwards descriptive abilities made it seem that I was in the room with the characters She pointed out the pattern of sunlight cascading through the windows or other mundane details that so many other authors gloss over or ignore because they are too busy telling about events that happen I realize that in some cases this can be construed as dragging boring or slow but Edwards used such beautiful interesting language to describe those things that it made the story come alive for me and I felt like I was a participant observer rather than just an observer4 One of my personal fascinations is tracking and tracing the pivotal points in people's lives that determine who they really are Naturally this book was all about how one seemingly right decision affected dozens of lives How would they have been different if different decision were made The only really bothersome thing was that nobody triumphed over the lossno matter how hard they triedso is this a cautionary tale to always tell the truth To not make decisions based on how you think someone will react but to give them the agency to decide that for themselves I understand how the outcomes of each of the characters happened but also would have liked to have seen some triumph and salvation and perhaps that's what Rosemary and Jack were supposed to be at least for David He couldn't fix his own family so he spent his time fixing others literally and figuratively And I guess ultimately Phoebe and Caroline triumphedI just don't like to believe that suffering a loss reduces us to throwing our lives to the wind I want to think that peace and hope can still be found