The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
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From Publishers Weekly
Edwards's assured but schematic debut novel (after her collection, The Secrets of a Fire King) hinges on the birth of fraternal twins, a healthy boy and a girl with Down syndrome, resulting in the father's disavowal of his newborn daughter. A snowstorm immobilizes Lexington, Ky., in 1964, and when young Norah Henry goes into labor, her husband, orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Henry, must deliver their babies himself, aided only by a nurse. Seeing his daughter's handicap, he instructs the nurse, Caroline Gill, to take her to a home and later tells Norah, who was drugged during labor, that their son Paul's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing Phoebe, Caroline absconds with her to Pittsburgh. David's deception becomes the defining moment of the main characters' lives, and Phoebe's absence corrodes her birth family's core over the course of the next 25 years. David's undetected lie warps his marriage; he grapples with guilt; Norah mourns her lost child; and Paul not only deals with his parents' icy relationship but with his own yearnings for his sister as well. Though the impact of Phoebe's loss makes sense, Edwards's redundant handling of the trope robs it of credibility. This neatly structured story is a little too moist with compassion.
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不存在的女兒心得 作文
不存在的女兒心得
在以前的家中如果生了一個唐氏症的小孩是一件很讓人想要拋棄,書中的大衛幫他的妻子接生剛好她的雙胞胎孩子有一個是唐氏症的小孩,大衛怕他的妻子諾拉傷心難過,所以她決定把她的女兒託給護士卡洛琳送走,當時卡洛琳實在不忍心把那個唐氏症的女嬰送走,但她卻偷偷的把那女嬰留下來照顧,大衛的妻子諾拉因為聽到大衛說她女兒夭折了,諾拉每天都提不起精神,心情很低落沮喪,最後造成了家庭破碎,大衛因為她把女兒送走而懊惱與後悔,他用攝
影女嬰少女的照片來彌補他對女兒的愧疚感...
我覺得我們每一個人都應該要接納那些身體有缺憾的人,不應該把他們拋棄應該要用亙多的愛來愛他們,而不是做了不應該的選擇兒才來後悔與愧疚,而更應該用更多的心思和耐心來愛牠們就像故事中的卡洛琳,卡洛琳很有愛的收養了大衛的唐氏症女兒,用了愛心把她養大,她的愛值得讓我們學習與效法。
故事中的大衛因為覺得她對她的 女兒有愧疚所以就拍攝了女嬰及少女的照片,彷彿女兒就在他身邊成長一樣,但我覺得這樣是不夠的,我覺得應該要把女兒留下來照顧,雖然在帶的過程中有許多的困難與痛苦,但是也有許多的歡笑與喜樂,就像卡洛琳說的:「你逃過了很多心痛,減少了很多負擔,但你也錯過了無數的歡樂。」
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