Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Blogging Book Goal- Book #48

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

by Kim Edwards

When I worked at 'the bookstore,' last fall, I was constantly adding books to my list of "want to reads," and was always jotting down titles on scraps of paper and stuffing them in my pockets {the lists, that is, not the books, because that's stealing.}

The lists usually got forgotten about and put through the wash come laundry day, however I had a mental list that did not get so easily destroyed.

So, when at a used book store recently, I found a cheap copy of the book, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, and snatched it up knowing that I would like it!

The premise of the book is that a man, who is a doctor, helps deliver his wife's baby one night. First comes a perfectly healthy boy. Then, when the wife is unconscious, she delivers a baby girl with Down's Syndrome. The husband makes the choice to send his daughter to an institution and tell his wife that the baby girl died. Only, the nurse sent on this rather sinister errand decides to keep they baby girl and raise her. The rest of the story is about how his poor decision making affected the rest of his, his wife's, his son's, and many other people's lives as the husband is haunted with grief and regret.

Sounds uplifting, doesn't it?

Okay, well maybe it isn't a feel good type of book, but I thought it was very well written and poignant about how decisions affect many people, for many years, and for many generations.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that will give them something to mull over!


The Taffs said...

I'm amazed at how much you read! I wish I had the time to read that much. I've seen previews for this movie (but never watched it) and thought to myself it would make a great book! Have you read "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Pocult? That's one I recently finished and is sooo good! I highly recommend it!

Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

That does sound interesting! Not at all feel good, but an important truth. I aspire to be a big reader... that is really cool that you have read SO many!

Brian and Ashley said...

Sounds like an interesting read- I love reading your reviews. Since I am getting my master's in educational media (school librarian), I wish I had your talent in giving description and drawing in readers!