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- Publisher: PENGUIN Group (USA) Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 401 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 178mm x 42mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 November 2006
- ISBN 10: 0143038133
- ISBN 13: 9780143038139
- Sales rank: 14,711
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By Lily 08 Oct 2013
The Memory Keeper's Daughter was my Random Read pick for August on my blog. I was excited to read it because I do recall adding it to my list because it sounded full of controversy and drama. And in that regard, it did not disappoint.
On one very stormy night, Dr. David Henry finds himself delivering his laboring wife at his office. A little boy slips into the world; seemingly perfect and healthy. David is thrilled, until his son's twin, a little girl comes into the world too. Immediately, David knows something isn't right. In shock, and not knowing what to do, he makes an impulse decision to give his baby girl to his nurse, Caroline, and asks her to bring the girl to an institution for the mentally challenged and decides to tell his wife that the girl died at birth. Caroline, though, makes a split decision of her own.
Two split decisions made in a matter of seconds in each mind changes their lives forever.
Lives that now are shaped by truth made up of lies. What is it like to live with such a life altering secret? How heavy is the burden you carry with you; lies piling on lies to keep the biggest lie of all as the truth?
How will it consume you? Affect those around you? Do you wonder until the day that you take your last breath, how life would have been had the choices been different? Would you take it all back if you could?
All this and more is explored in this novel. Very mellow and slow pace for the majority of it, and it did take me a couple of extra days to get through it than usual. But it was intriguing to read about the domino effect of split decisions, watching the direction that so many different relationships took because of it. It was sad, and yet.... it was real. Sometimes, what we think is a burden, is actually an amazing and enriching joy. Sometimes, protecting those we love with a lie, could destroy and change the same people that you wanted to protect.
By Oakley Condon 26 Feb 2013
A must read for everyone. Long but in no way boring.