Saturday, July 29

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

I love reading. I love reading about differnet people and how the choices they made affected their lives. It's amazing, really. Every story is a story. Every person has experienced their own pain and suffering as well as (hopefully) happiness and achievement. I've always preferrd to read non-fiction stories. But, lately I've read some fictional stories that have been extremely captivating. Although they may not be real, they very easily could have been. My latest book that I couldn't put down was: The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Every once in awhile a book comes a long that leaves me breathless. The title comes from the name of the digital camera that the main character gives her husband as a way for him to capture memories. This story begins in 1964- when clinical depression and mental retardation were very taboo. During a blizzard one night, a doctor's wife has twins. The first, a boy,is born completely healthy. The second, a girl, is born with Down's Syndrome. While his wife is sleeping, he decides in a drastic moment, to tell his nurse to take his daughter to an institution. The wife is told her daughter died. The nurse raises the daughter as her own. In a word: POWERFUL!

3 Comments:

Blogger yana said...

oooo, i wanna read this. it sounds powerful indeed. just wanna say about depression. whilst times have changed, sadly these things are still being seen in a negative light. there still a stigma attached to these conditions. i'm sorry to bombard you with that. i just felt like sayin that. i just think it's sad. anyways, i should read more. period & pronto.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

so, have you read it yet? I could recommend another GREAT book if your done with this one. I read about 2 books a week.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should check out the podcast Kim Edwards did on Penguin's website - http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/podcast/archive.html#podcast23

12:02 PM  

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