As of the start of July, I began to read Kim Edwards’s novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. This blog is part one of 3, I hope you enjoy!
In The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, the novel is set during the 1960 to 1989. Dr. David Henry is troubled as he is forced to deliver his twins due to a blizzard. As delivering his twins, his first son was born completely healthy, but as delivering his daughter, he notices that she is born with Down Syndrome. Making decision in the moment, he decides to give his child away, to his nurse to take to a mental institution. instead his nurse takes the child, and raises her as her own daughter. (Edwards)
Making his decision he says for his daughter, Phoebe, David says:
‘”This poor child will most likely have a serious heart defect. A fatal one. I’m trying to spare us all a terrible grief”‘ (Edwards, 19)
As the story continues, the protagonist Norah, asks her husband, David, of her newborns. David lies to his wife saying:
‘”Oh my love”, he said. “I am so sorry. Out little daughter died as she was born.”‘ (Edwards, 20)
Now that David had lied to his wife, saying that their daughter ‘died’. Norah his hit with guilt, as she feels that he reason why their daughter ‘died’ is her fault. Soon later she decides to have a memorial service in respect of Phoebe.
Since this is set during the 1960s, doctors did not have the right resources that we have now. Thus, I understand from David’s point of view that he had good motives when making his decision to give Phoebe away. When Caroline, went to bring Phoebe to the institute that David had told her, she felt that it was wrong to do so, thus she decided to take her and raise was her own in a different city. Personally, if I was to be in Caroline’s position, I would not agree to take his child even if he told me to. Though, I would want to help anybody as much as possible, I don’t think I would put myself in a position of taking my bosses child.
Though, this novel was difficult for me to get into, but after reading the first third of Kim Edwards’s, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, I am very excited to see how the story unfolds. Thank you so much! See you next time for Part Two!
Edwards, Kim. The Memory Keepers Daughter. Penguin, 2015. Wagner, Vit. “Kim
Portraits of M.E. “Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.” Portraits of M.E., 29 May 2013, maryellenherrera.com/2013/05/28/review-the-memory-keepers-daughter/.
Edwards: Memory Keeper’s Author Has New Secret.” Thestar.com, 5 Feb. 2011, https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2011/02/05/kim_edwards_memory_keepers_author_has_new_secret.html