01 February 2008
After my Christmas reading fast, I seem to be on a book binge. I just finished The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. The book was so well written, but I was so frustrated with some of the main characters the whole time I read it. I felt melancholy at what might have been as the lives unfolded. The book starts with a doctor who delivers his own twins. The second twin, a girl, has Down's Syndrome, so he sends a nurse to take her to an institution, but the nurse keeps the baby. The doctor tells his wife the girl died, and the rest of the book explores the implications of this dreadful act. The book provided amazing insight into human nature. While I was despondent as I read, I've noticed that now that I am done, I find myself deeply content and grateful that I am not living the life of any of those characters. So if you want to read this book, read quickly so you can get to the gratitude it instills afterward and avoid being dragged down to the depths of despair.