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My vote for 2006 book of the year,
This review is from: The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Paperback)
My local bookshop seems to get books well after everyone else has read them so I normally don't expect to find much there I want to read. When I went in a week ago I saw `The Memory Keepers Daughter' on the shelf and picked it up and carried it with me purely because it was the last copy and I wasn't quite sure what I was in the mood to read. I'm so glad I still had it in my hand when I got to the till as it's now got my vote for the best book I've read this year.....and I've clocked up 40 books read so far this year!
Dr David Henry and his wife Norah are very excited about the imminent arrival of their new baby. When Norah goes into labour it's in the midst of a blizzard and David and Norah can only make it as far as David's surgery where David delivers his perfect son. Then David delivers an unexpected twin but immediately recognizes the signs.....his daughter has Downs Syndrome. In 1964 children with Downs weren't expected to have any kind of life so David makes a decision and hands his daughter over to his nurse (Caroline Gill) and tells her to bring the child to a local institution where she can be looked after. David tells Norah that their daughter died at childbirth. When Caroline sees the place where she is to leave Phoebe she makes a decision that will change her life. She disappears with Phoebe and decides to bring her up as her own daughter. Is a decision that changes so many lives.
This is one of those books that just grips you from page 1. I found myself struggling to hate David Henry for what he did because he did it for what he felt were all the right reasons. One action and one lie managed to create a divide that had consequences that spanned so many lives and so many decades.
I loved the way Kim Edwards described places, people and things....they were in such vivid detail that I could picture them in my mind. It's been a while since a book touched me this much and it's one that I'd highly recommend. I found it somewhat in the same vein as Jodi Picoult's `My Sisters Keeper' so if you enjoyed that then you'll love this.