The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

By Kim Edwards

  • Release Date: 2005-06-23
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 646 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.


  • The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

    By SolitaryWoman
    Profound. Unique. Powerful. Poignant. Magnificent. Enjoy!
  • Sophomoric & overwritten

    By Lenox252
    Sophomoric & overwritten , plus every character & every event is detailed to death. The 1-star rating is for the one character that was interesting. The rest aren’t even likable or relatable. I honestly can’t believe the editors allowed this book to be put into print. It’s by far, one of the worst I’ve ever wasted my time on. Skip it!!
  • Time will tell

    By Denlap3
    This was an emotional story about life and the rippling affect choices make on the lives of others. Although I did not agree with the choice of the father, I can understand it. I have 3 children, two of which have developmental delays. The days are wonderful and hard at the same time. When my daughter is old enough to have children I wonder if she will have parallelizing fear of having her own children or if she will be able to accept fate knowing there is a strong possibility her child could have the same challenges. Time will tell.
  • Unexpected

    By sjanern
    A riveting and unexpected story that intertwines the realities of choices made that cannot be unmade. Consequences of one man’s choice that affected the lives of many, lived out over a quarter century.
  • 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.