The Memory Keeper's Daughter

By Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
  • Release Date: 2005-06-23
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 350 Ratings


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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Don't waste your time

    By MrKingBeef
  • Snoozer

    By tiffmcobb
    Don't waste your time! I kept thinking it would get better, but it just drug on! Disappointed
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    By Indeed sleep and loss and grief and joy. It keeps you involved to the very end
  • Delivered or in phone?

    By KhaosTheWolf
    Is it delivered to me or put on my phone????
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    By Sly gray
    Started off pretty good but after several chapters, it was predictable and boring. I was skipping pages the last half of the book.
  • The Memory Keepers Daughter

    By Bhfuj
    Beautifully written,heart wrenching story. Uncovers the heartache that secretes hold for not only the keeper of them, but those all around them.
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    By Lol maniac
    AMAZING!!!!!!! I couldn't take my eyes off it!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars. 
  • The Memory's Keeper's Daughter

    By Tee43076
    Read this book for a book club pick, great book, couldn't put down
  • Loved it!

    By Karra D.
    I absolutely loved this book. I recommend this book to anyone who asks about reading. Kim Edwards did a wonderful job. My favorite book of all time.

    By LUVDUV226
    this was a great story i am a complete bookworm and this book was one of the best books ive ever read