Monday, June 18, 2007

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

I finished "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards this morning. It was a pretty slow read but fairly good.

Synopsis: In 1964 Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. David Henry is forced to deliver his own baby during a sudden snowstorm. But, unexpectedly his wife has twins, the first, a healthy baby boy and the second, a daughter with Down Syndrome. In a rash decision, Dr. Henry asks the nurse present during the delivery, Caroline Gill, to secretly take his daughter to an institution while he explains to his wife that their baby girl, Phoebe, has died. Upon arriving at the dank institution, Caroline cannot bear to leave the newborn, and takes and raises Phoebe herself while Dr. Henry and his wife, Norah, raise their only son, Paul. This secret changes the lives of both families forever.

Edwards is very talented in her writing ability and is very descriptive throughout the story. However, due to the lenghtiness of the details, the first half of the book, especially, was very boring at times. I would have liked to get to where Edwards wanted to take me a little more quickly. The plot did pick up after the second half. All in all, it was a pretty good read but not on my list of favorites. It had a very small amount of language, but in my opinion, not enough to detract from the book.

My next read is "The Last Sin Eater" by Francine Rivers.


Anonymous said...

I just finished this, and I thought it was a little better than okay as well. However, I was kind of opposite. I actually got into it in the beginning, but then felt I was ready for it to be over at the end. I guess I was a little depressed by all the sadness. I felt like I had a dark cloud hanging over me by the end! I am glad I read it, but it doesn't make my favorites list.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

I recently read this book and would give it a 6 or 7 on a scale of 10. I didn't connect a lot with the characters, but I've certainly read worse books.