- Paperback: 401 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (May 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143037149
- ISBN-13: 978-0143037149
- ASIN: 0143037145
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,467 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Critics roundly applaud Kim Edwardss debut novel, The Memory Keepers Daughter, which plays into one of our largest fears: What happens when a baby is born with Down syndrome? Edwards, an award-winning short-story writer, extends this question even further: What happens if this baby somehow "disappears" without the mothers knowledge? The Memory Keepers Daughter explores deception, family secrets, the influence of the past on the present, our tendency to rationalize poor decisions, and the tenuous nature of human connections. In her sympathetic rendering of parallel stories, Edwards crafts a riveting "study in what really determines a familys happiness" (Washington Post). Critics praised Edwardss prose, which "takes on the cadence of poetry" as she describes her psychologically burdened characters (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Yet while the Chicago Tribune admired the absence of "sticky-sweet" moments, the Washington Post noted a few times when Edwards slipped "into the treacly trade." But if these minor flaws, combined with abrupt transitions, sometimes slow down the narrative, The Memory Keepers Daughter packs a hefty emotional punch that will keep readers turning the pages.
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“Edwards is a born novelist....The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is rich with psychological detail and the nuances of human connection. [An] extraordinary debut.”
“Anyone would be struck by the extraordinary power and sympathy of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.”
–The Washington Post
–Sue Monk Kidd
“Kim Edwards has created a tale of regret and redemption... you have to reread the passages just to be captivated all over again . . . simply a beautiful book.”
“Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion.... This is a wonderful, heartbreaking, heart-healing novel.”
“A heart-wrenching book, by turns light and dark, literary and suspenseful.”
“A gripping novel, beautifully written.”
“Gripping from its start. Highly accomplished.”
–The Guardian (UK)
“A remarkable achievement. [Kim Edwards has] clearly hit a nerve.”
–The Independent (UK)
“Masterfully written…a compelling story that explores universal themes: the secrets we harbor, even from those we love; our ability to rationalize all manner of lies; and our fear that there will always be something unknowable about the people we love most.”
–The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“I devoured it.”
–Sena Jeter Naslund
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Life continues to throw curveballs. How do we handle them?
There is some depression, some alcohol abuse, some infidelities.
Yet the book doesn't linger there. It's mostly about how we handle those curveballs.
Not the best book I've ever read. A light enjoyable read.