Saturday, November 20, 2010

Book #67 - The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Kim Edwards

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. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night.

Length:  Medium - 397 pages

Notes:  Well, I can usually get through a book in about a week. Sometimes a little bit longer, sometimes a little bit less.  This one took me almost 3 weeks.  Now, I don't know if it's because I'm pregnant and get so tired every night I lay down in my bed to read, or if it was this book.  I have to admit - it didn't totally grab me.  The first few chapters were great - they had me wondering what was going to happen and wanting to see where the story went.  And then it kind of just - flatlined.  I thought the writing was good, the story just didn't have a whole lot in the middle that kept it afloat.  I almost felt like it would have been better if the author would have condensed the middle chapters way down.  It wasn't a bad book, but I am glad to be done with it!

Random quote : "You can't stop time; you can't capture light. You can only turn your face up and let it rain down."

Recommend: ehhh, I'm not sure on this one...

Have you read this book? Share your feelings!


Jean Bugs said...

I read it quite some time ago, but I thought it was good. Upsetting, but good.
Have you read "Room" by Emma Donaghue? It is one that stuck with me...still thinking about it!

Michelle said...

i was half way through it and then left it on a plane on accident....i didn't ever go rebuy it or get it from a library....probably for the same reason it took you longer to read just didn't "grab" me.