The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

I just finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. It’s the story of a couple who’ve been married for about a year in 1964. The wife goes into labor during a snow storm, and her husband delivers surprise twins. When the second baby is born, he realizes she has Down’s Syndrome. The wife is completely sedated, and has no idea that she’s had twins, much less that there’s something wrong. The husband makes a rash decision that affects the whole family throughout their lives.

Image stolen from Amazon, obviously

This book was very well written, but to me, the characters were not well fleshed-out. I had trouble keeping people straight, not because there were lots of characters, but because they didn’t make much of an impression. The story was interesting, and somewhat depressing. I liked it, but I will be giving it away. So on the Clever Chick Book Scale this gets a “Readable, but forgettable”.

I also discovered that Lifetime made this into a movie! I can’t imagine why. No women get beaten or raped at all in the whole thing. Maybe they’re branching out? (The Lifetime Network gets a “Only Deserves Constant Derision and Snide Remarks” on the Clever Chick Scale. I really need to finish that thing, soon).

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March 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Book Reviews.

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