Friday, April 30, 2010

Snapshot Book Review: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's Daughter The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book does a wonderful job of looking at hard choices and the long-term, wide-reaching impacts they can have. Edwards' treatment of each character's internal strife--the husband and father David, the wife Nora, the nurse Caroline, and son Paul--is both touching and compelling in a way that drives the reader through the book, feeling fascination, frustration, and compassion both with and for the characters throughout the story.

It's a beautifully sad tale told in a picturesque way. Each strand of the story is treated with careful details so that not too much attention is paid to those that don't matter, but nothing interesting or essential is ignored. Edwards does a fine job of wrapping things up emotionally for her characters, in the end; however, the events and actions she ends with are disappointingly predictable. However, life itself can sometimes follow predictable patterns, so perhaps she was merely staying true to the story. Either way, it will be a joy to see what she comes up with next.

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