Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
By Kim Edwards. Published by Penguin Books, 2005.
On the night when his wife gives birth to twins, Dr. David Henry chooses to send away his daughter, born with Down syndrome. On this decision hangs the rest of their lives.
This book is beautifully written, drawing you into the characters' lives. It is a story of the decisions we make as individuals and how they affect our families. It is not a happy book, though it is not necessarily sad either. Though you'd like to condemn the main chararacter for his decision, you can't, because he is thoroughly human. An added interest is the life of the daughter, and the treatment she receives because of her Down syndrome. I am glad things have changed since 1964.
An engaging, thoughtful read.