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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (337,211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Edwards Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down’s Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect his wife, Norah, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever: he asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. 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 long-ago winter night.

A brilliantly crafted, stunning debut, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter explores the way life takes unexpected turns, and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets burst into the open.

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  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter unfolds from an absolutely mesmerizing premise, drawing you deeply and irrevocably into the entangled lives of two families and the devastating secret that shapes them both. I loved this riveting story with its intricate characters and beautiful language.”

    Sue Monk Kidd, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards has created a tale of regret and redemption…of characters haunted by their past. Crafted with language so lovely you have to reread the passages just to be captivated all over again…simply a beautiful book.”

    Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Anyone would be struck by the extraordinary power and sympathy of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.”

    Washington Post

  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter packs a hefty emotional punch that will keep readers turning the pages.”


  • A#1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A#1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tanya Schreck | 2/10/2014

    " It was ok. I didn't entirely feel for the any of the characters. But the story itself was touching enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Courtney Blaisdell | 1/23/2014

    " this was a breath taking story of compassion and love for someone.who had no one else pulling for them. loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Burr | 1/17/2014

    " At first I found the book confusing because of flashbacks. Once I gave it a little time, I found it a good read and thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ericafoferica | 1/15/2014

    " Wow, what can I really say? At first I really wanted to dislike David, but then I couldn't. During this time period, it was completely acceptable and expected of what he did. But who I really applaud is Caroline. What would I ever do if I were in her shoes? She is a true hero in my eyes. This book is definitely about secrets and the destruction it can cause in one's life. Secrets are never a good thing, but Caroline really set things right in the end for everyone. "

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