The Memory Keeper's Daughter
4 journalers for this copy...
Families have secrets they hide even from themselves... It should have been an ordinary birth, the start of an ordinary happy family. But the night Dr David Henry delivers his wife's twins is a night that will haunt five lives for ever. For though David's son is a healthy boy, his daughter has Down's syndrome. And, in a shocking act of betrayal whose consequences only time will reveal, he tells his wife their daughter died while secretly entrusting her care to a nurse. As grief quietly tears apart David's family, so a little girl must make her own way in the world as best she can.
Journal Entry 2
London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Released 8 yrs ago (11/5/2010 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom
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I am sending this book to Shahrun in London as part of a RABCK as it is on her wishlist.
Journal Entry 3
London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, November 08, 2010
Got this is a fantastic package of RABCK books from the very generous Kazmum2boys in the post this morning. Thank you so much. I plan to read then release them all.
Journal Entry 4
Elephant & Castle, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, September 01, 2011
Thank you so much Kazmum2boys for sharing this powerful, moving, tragic, page turning book with me. I found it very hard to put down because I couldn't believe what I was reading. It was so awful to read how that decision to get rid of his child affected all their lives. I do think that perhaps Phoebe had a better life with Caroline than she would have had otherwise. Altho I'm sad about Caroline's attitdue to Robert.
I think many people should read this book to help change attitudes to people who are different. See them as individuals who have the right to their place in the world.
I did have a reader lined up, but as I took too long to get through this, she came across another copy. Fear not tho, I will release this book for others to read and enjoy.
Journal Entry 5
Elephant & Castle, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, October 24, 2011
Released 7 yrs ago (10/24/2011 UTC) at Elephant & Castle, Greater London United Kingdom
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Posted this off to Qantaqa in Germany as a Wish Granting RABCK.
Hope you enjoy this book!
Journal Entry 6
Dachau, Bayern Germany on Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thanks so much for this generous RABCK - I'm very much looking forward to reading it!
Journal Entry 7
Dachau, Bayern Germany on Monday, January 16, 2012
I just finished the book - now I wish I was better at writing reviews so I could express my thoughts adequately... Anyway, my feelings about this book were quite ambivalent - on the one hand, I thought it was a very interesting story, on the other hand, I just couldn't identify with the characters. If only David and his wife (and later, Paul) had spoken more to each other (I sometimes felt like shaking David a bit :))... but I guess then the whole story wouldn't have made sense or even existed... Still, for me it was certainly NOT a page-turner. Above all the book made me very sad - how everybody in David's family seemed to waste their lives...
I really liked the ending, though. Especially this part:
"He realized, with a deep sense of shame, that his pity for Phoebe [...] had been foolish and unnecessary. Phoebe liked herself and she liked her life; she was happy. All the striving he had done, all the competitions and awards, the long and futile struggle to both please himself and impress his father - placed next to Phoebe's life, all this seemed a little foolish too." (p. 390)
Thanks a lot for sharing! This book is already reserved for zinat1 (as part of the wishlist tagging game) and will start its journey to her shortly.
Journal Entry 8
Elsdorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, January 19, 2012
Arrived here just yesterday! Thx a lot.. as I can see it already travelled a lot.. yeah - I love it! Hope to be able to read it soon!