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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: July 2012 ISBN: 9780061157967
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”

    Bookmarks

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alissa Hebert | 1/7/2014

    " I was excited to read this book, and was intrigued during the first few chapters. However the book seemed to drag out. What I had been waiting for the wasn't covered until the last few pages of the book. The ending seemed to come all of a sudden in a rush. Also, the more I read the book, the more I was unhappy with the authors style of writing. I would not recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 12/25/2013

    " Thought it started out good. Found the characters intriguing. But after awhile the book became boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/5/2013

    " Liked this book a lot. Realized as I was reading it that I'd read it before, but couldn't remember the ending so I read it again! It was a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Northcott | 11/30/2013

    " Interesting book - beautiful writing and not predictable. I thoroughtly enjoyed this book and am eager to pass it on to my friends! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 11/1/2013

    " Fantastic book. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisela | 10/12/2013

    " Great story. Love books that make me think what I would do in that situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Cooke | 9/17/2013

    " A very interesting look at morality and ethics, what reactions are to the secrets that so many live with and attempt to escape from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/17/2013

    " A quick and simple read with a simple message to tell the truth is far better than to tell a lie "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Dewey | 7/24/2013

    " I guess I read for entertainment more than drama. This was a good book but was more emotional than I prefer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mala Hussain | 5/18/2013

    " Found this book very draining. It's a horrible story line to start off with. The author drags it very slowly across 30 years, however, you are still left not knowing much about the main characters I can understand why Jodi Picoult fans would like it, but would not read this author again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 1/9/2013

    " I really liked it - great story and hard to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi Musgrave | 11/18/2012

    " This was a good book.. Only 3 stars to me because it was very draggy at parts and had me wondering "where the hell is this going?" but the overall story and ending was amazing.. I'd recommend it to be read for sure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/31/2012

    " Well written and compelling--I do have an interest in reading books where a major character is a person with a disability. I enjoyed about the first 3/4 of the book, the rest was rather predictable. Nothing absolutely amazing but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 7/30/2012

    " Definitely a book worth reading. It's a fairly quick read and a good book to share and discuss with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 7/13/2012

    " More than a book about a broken family, but a book about how secrets can change everything. I was deeply moved by how the author shared the perspectives of David and Norah, and how their intentions were interpreted by one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Junhua Lian | 6/4/2012

    " Writer had a good story, however, she didn't process much ability to make it right "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne Winrich | 4/30/2012

    " I liked this book but found that I didn't like most of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer F | 3/24/2012

    " This book started off great but the middle kind of dragged. Strange events took place that made me say huh? A few times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malak | 3/13/2012

    " Loved it but I would change the ending if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Walker | 2/14/2012

    " This story just captures your heart and 'twists' it. It has you questioning what you would do when faced with a painful reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/10/2012

    " This was a good story. However many parts of the story delved into great detail while other parts were barely developed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 5/23/2011

    " Sad.... the whole book was sad! I kept waiting for some good, happy redeeming quality..... never came! I just cant handle a book that is sadness and pain the WHOLE time! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diana | 5/18/2011

    " This is truly the Seinfeld of books. One event is used as a pillar for an entire novel. Maybe this is the way secrets play out ... slowly, drawn-out, uninteresting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 5/18/2011

    " Eh, you know. This was good but not great. Lovely but not backbreakingly beautiful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 5/17/2011

    " I didn't like this book that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 5/16/2011

    " It took me a long time to read this book. Although it was an interesting story, I felt it moved very slowly, and I was disappointed with how long the climax of the plot took. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/14/2011

    " certainly not great literature and maybe a little trite and the ending was contrived. okay summer read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 5/14/2011

    " Kept me going to the end. Felt a lot of loathing for the husband. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 5/13/2011

    " This book was melodramatic beyond repair. I was intrigued by the premise but utterly bored by the actual story. It was painful to trudge all the way through it and I would not recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawnia | 5/12/2011

    " Depressing story. I had already seen the movie, so I knew what to expect. What a terrible way to live your life. Terrible editing of the book - it drove me CRAZY! "

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About the Author
Author Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards has won numerous awards for her writing, including a Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and most recently the Kentucky Literary Award for fiction. She is the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and daughters.

About the Narrator

Martha Plimpton, in addition to audio narration, is a film, television, and stage actress. Her first major film roles include The River Rat, The Goonies, and The Mosquito Coast. On stage she made her Chicago debut with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble, during which time she received a National Medal of Arts Award. She won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and has received numerous Tony Award nominations for supporting or featured actress. Her television roles included Grey’s Anatomy and Raising Hope, among others. In narration, she won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Alice McDermott’s After This, which also was a finalist in 2007 for the prestigious Audie Award.