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The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards - AudioBook CD

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The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards - AudioBook CD

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

by Kim Edwards

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The Memory Keeper's Daughter - by Kim Edwards - Audio Book CD  

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This beautiful novel starts on a winter evening in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born initial, is well healthy, but the doctor instantly recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. For motives he informs himself are wise, he makes a split-second choice that may haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an organization. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial tips, and the redemptive energy of love.

About The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
by Kim Edwards

March 1964

The snow began to fall many hours before her work began. A limited flakes initially, in the dull gray late-afternoon sky, and then wind-driven swirls and eddies around the edges of their broad front porch. He stood by her side at the window, viewing sharp gusts of snow billow, then swirl and drift to the ground. All around the neighborhood, lights came on, and the nude branches of the trees turned white.

After dinner he built a fire, venturing out into the weather for lumber he had piled from the garage the past autumn. The air was bright and cold against his face, and the snow in the driveway was absolutely halfway to his knees. He gathered logs, shaking off their soft white caps and carrying them inside. The kindling in the iron grate caught fire instantly, and he sat for at time found on the hearth, cross-legged, adding logs and viewing the flames leap, blue-edged and hypnotic. Outside, snow continued to fall quietly through the darkness, as bright and thick as static in the cones of light cast by the streetlights. By the time he rose and looked out the window, their automobile had become a soft white hill found on the edge of the street. Already his footprints in the driveway had filled and disappeared.

He brushed ashes from his hands and sat found on the sofa beside his spouse, her feet propped on pillows, her swollen ankles crossed, a copy of Dr. Spock balanced on her stomach. Absorbed, she licked her index finger absently each time she turned a page. Her hands were slim, her fingers brief and strong, and she bit her bottom lip lightly, intently, as she read. Watching her, he felt a surge of love and wonder: that she was his spouse, that their baby, due in simply 3 weeks, would shortly be born. Their initially child, this will be. They had been married only a year.

She looked up, smiling, when he tucked the blanket around her legs.

“You understand, I’ve been thinking what it’s like,” she mentioned. “Before we’re born, I mean. It’s too bad we can’t remember.” She opened her robe and pulled up the sweater she wore below, telling a stomach as round and difficult as a melon. She ran her hand across its smooth surface, firelight playing across her skin, casting reddish gold onto her hair. “Do you think it’s like being inside a desirable lantern? The book claims light permeates my skin, that the baby will absolutely see.”

“I don’t know,” he mentioned.

She laughed. “Why not?” she asked. “You’re the doctor.”

“I’m simply an orthopedic physician,” he reminded her. “I can tell you the ossification pattern for fetal bones, but that’s about it.”

He lifted her foot, both delicate and swollen inside the light blue sock, and started to massage it gently: the effective tarsal bone of her heel, the metatarsals and the phalanges, hidden beneath skin and densely layered muscles like a fan going to open.

About the Author Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards grew up in Skaneateles, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes area.  The oldest of 4 kids, she graduated from Colgate University and the University of Iowa, where she received an MFA in Fiction and an MA in Linguistics.  After completing her graduate function, she went with her spouse to Asia, where they invested the upcoming five years training, initially found on the rural east coastline of Malaysia, then in a tiny city an hr south of Tokyo, and finally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

During her time in Asia, Kim started to publish brief fiction, and in 1990 her story “Sky Juice” won the Nelson Algren Award.  Her stories and essays have since appeared in a variety of periodicals, including Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris Review.  They have won countless honors, including a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Fiction along with a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in The Best American Short Stories.  Two of her stories have been done at Symphony Space and broadcast on Public Radio International.  Kim has equally received help within the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council, among others.   Her story collection The Tips of the Fire King was short-listed for the 1998 Pen/Hemingway Award.

Penguin may reissue The Tips of the Fire King in 2007.

Kim Edwards received a Whiting Writers’ Award in 2002.  She has taught in the MFA programs at Warren Wilson and Washington University, and is currently an assistant professor at The University of Kentucky.  Her novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, was chosen for a Barnes and Noble Discovery Award and won the Kentucky Literary Award for Fiction in 2005.  The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, a #1 New York Times Best Seller in the United States, might furthermore be published in Italy, Japan, Brazil, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Portugal, Spain, Poland, China, Taiwan, Israel, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter - by Kim Edwards - Audio Book CD  


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