The book cannot be previewed or downloaded in order to preserve the copyright of the author and publishing house. Award-winning writer Kim Edwards's The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? On a winter night in , Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins.
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Dr David Henry delivers the twins his wife, Norah, is carrying, in an emergency procedure on March 6, , with the help of his nurse, Caroline. The first born twin is a boy they name Paul , the second, a little girl whom they call Phoebe. David notices that Phoebe has Down Syndrome, which he knows means that Phoebe might have a heart defect that will cause her to die in childhood, or young adulthood. He had a younger sister, June, who had passed away at the age of twelve and he does not think that he can go through a trauma like that again. David decides there and then that he will give Phoebe up and that she will be institutionalized.
Unable to reach the hospital in time, her husband David, an orthopedic surgeon, and his nurse, Caroline, assist Norah with the delivery. Passing the child to his nurse, he instructs her to take the child to an institution; reluctantly, Caroline agrees. When Norah awakes, David tells her that their little girl died as she was born. Miles away, Caroline finds herself unable to leave the child in the miserable institution and makes a decision that will change her life — she walks out the door and leaves everything behind to start a new life with Phoebe. Filled with a haunting sadness, painful decisions and far-reaching consequences, the world inhabited by the Henry family is a melancholy place.
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