The Memory Keeper's Daughter

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.82 hours)
Product Number: Z100118590
Released: Oct 18, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524757397
Narrator/s: Ilyana Kadushin
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A #1 New York Times bestseller by Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted novel of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love Kim Edwards's stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down 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, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. 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 winter night long ago. A family drama, The Memory Keeper's Daughter explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered.

Author(s): Kim Edwards
Original Publish Date: Oct 18, 2016

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Author(s): Kim Edwards
Product Number EB00398256
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101010945

Professional reviews

"Few audiobooks cry out for abridgment as much as this one. The premise of Edwards's second novel is loaded with possibilities--a woman gives birth to twins, one of whom has Down's syndrome. The doctor, her husband, makes a quick decision--give the child away and say it was born dead. But Edwards's focus on the minutiae of everyday life from this point on is repetitive at best, pontificating at worst. Narrator Ilyana Kadushin does her best to help listeners see these characters' quirks--altering her tone to convey sympathy, fear, frustration, and the potent conflict between child and parent. Still, their stereotypical aspects are what stand out. Only the disabled Phoebe comes through distinctly. R.R. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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