The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
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  • But somehow i was not very impressed with the plot as the characters seem to be dull and lacking strength

    • by akshatha
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      I recently got this book as a birthday gift from a couple of my very good friends.Its the first work i have read by Kim Edwards.

      “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” is the story of a doctor who conducts his own wife’s delivery on a stormy night in 1964.His wife has twins but the doctor immediately diagnoses the female twin to have Down\’s syndrome.He hands over the baby to his nurse to take away to a


      home meant especially for such children and tells his wife that the second twin was born dead.The nurse however disappears to another town to raise the child as her own.The story spans around three decades and narrates how life goes on for the doctor and his family on one hand and his abandoned daughter on the other.

      The book mainly deals with how the doctor never overcomes his guilt at giving away his daughter and ...


      • his wife never overcomes the sorry of losing her.Its quite a slow paced novel which mainly speaks of intense emotions of the people involved.But somehow i was not very impressed with the plot as the characters seem to be dull and lacking strength.

        For instance,how the doctor never tries to get back his daughter inspite of several oppurtunities to do so and how the wife starts having a string of affairs.Also,how neither try at

        making their marriage work.The story goes along a monotonous track and finally ends abruptly with the doctor s sudden death and the reunion of the daughter with the mother and brother after two decades.

        This book was a New York Times bestseller and is well written with indepth psychological analysis of the characters and the turmoil of human relationships.But somehow I didnt find it a “heart touching,soul healing piece of work” as the jacket claimed.




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