Mar 28, 2011 12:05 PM
On a winter night in 1964, a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry, an orthopedist, to deliver his own twins with only the aid of a nurse. The first twin, a boy, is born healthy, but he knows immediately that something isn't right with the second; a little girl with eyes turned up as if in laughter, and a flat, broad nose. With good intentions, he makes a decision that will change the lives of everyone involved deeply and irrevocably. He asks his nurse to take the second twin to an institution, and tells his wife that the baby has died. The nurse, unable to leave the baby in the institution after seeing the conditions there, takes her to another city to raise her as her own.
The subject matter of The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards ($9) is compelling on its own, but what really struck us about this book was the vivid prose. The title refers to the type of camera that Dr. Henry uses, and Kim Edwards' writing is so masterful that we often felt as though we were looking through photographs instead of reading print on a page. At times, we forgot to breathe whilst devouring each word, each sentence, and each photographic snippet of the lives of each compelling character.