by Sukey HowardNovember 2006
When Dr. David Henry saw that his daughter, unexpected and born minutes after her twin brother, had Down's syndrome, he made a split-second decision to send her away without his wife's knowledge. It was 1964, the prognosis was early death for the child, pain for the family. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby to an institution. But, instead, she leaves town with the infant and creates a meaningful life for them both. So begins Kim Edwards' heart-wrenching novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, now a paperback bestseller and book club favorite. Reader Martha Plimpton gives each character a distinct presence as we follow the two families that emerge from David's fateful choice.