Books to me are not just about stories. They become personal. They become relational. Sometimes, the characters feel like family. In The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards write about the human condition, adversity, obstacles through life, and the collateral damage humans can inflict on others.
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
I read The Memory Keeper’s Daughter back in November of 2008. I picked the book up at the airport on my way home for Indianapolis, where I spent Thanksgiving with my Mom. There was just something about it that seemed familiar. Turned out to be an incredibly personal novel. It was poignant and moving. Many elements to this book that hit home in so many ways, the storyline has stayed with me for a long time.
The story’s details itself bear no resemblance to my life. I did not have twins and my husband did not give one away because she had downs syndrome. I didn’t have an affair with some hot hunk on a beach in Tahiti. But the undercurrents – the sub-themes – those are the ones that resonated deep.
I don’t agree with all of the choices the characters in these stories made. However, I can completely relate to WHY the characters came to their own intersectional life points and diverted their lives in directions that are typically judged immoral or sinful. I found a commonality with the characters. They became almost like dear friends.
I heartily recommend this book. It is so moving. So touching. It is so much more about humanity than it is about betrayal. The ending is bittersweet – but it is reality. There is no happy-go-lucky ending here. This is a story about people who do what they think is right in the face of extreme adversity.
You can pick it up today online. Let me know what you think about this story once you’ve finished!
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