The other day I was in the store and a customer chatted me up about The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. “Memory” is fresh in paperback and while perusing the Book Sense bestseller list I noticed that this customer is not the only one fascinated by what looks like a stunning family drama.
In fact, not only is the book numero uno in the Book Sense tallies, the kudos are being doled out judiciously:
• “Unfolds from an absolutely gripping premise, drawing you deeply and irrevocably into the entangled lives of two families and the devastating secret that shaped them both. I loved this riveting story.” -Sue Monk Kidd
• “Kim Edwards has created a tale of regret and redemption, of honest emotion, of characters haunted by their past. This is simply a beautiful book.” -Jodi Picoult
• “Edwards is a born novelist. … Rich with psychological detail and the nuances of human connection.” -Chicago Tribune
Some are saying The Memory Keeper’s Daughter evokes Alice Sebold’s Lovely Bones, a runaway bestseller. The story articulates every mother’s silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and to keep her birth a secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own.
Sounds like one of those reads you can’t put down. Just might go well with a long weekend.