Read "The Memory Keeper's Daughter A Novel" by Kim Edwards available from but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. Read "The Memory Keeper's Daughter A Novel" by Kim Edwards with Kobo BooksKobo eBooksFREE - In Google Play . His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. cover image of The Memory Keeper's Daughter born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome.
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Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife. The memory keeper's daughter. by Edwards, Kim DOWNLOAD OPTIONS. download 1 file Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. Buy the eBook The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards online from iOS and Android Devices (Booktopia Reader app); eReaders, Kobo, PC, Mac For though David's son is a healthy boy, his daughter has Down's syndrome. And .
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How did the idea for this novel come to you? Yet even to my critical eye it was clear that good things were happening: Still, it happens fairly often that people want to give me stories, and invariably those stories are not mine to tell. The next week she stopped me again. I really have to tell you this story , she said, and she did. I remember being struck by the story even as she told it, and thinking right away that it really would make a good novel. It was the secret at the center of the family that intrigued me.
Still, in the very next heartbeat, I thought: The idea stayed with me, however, as the necessary stories do. Eventually, in an unrelated moment, I was invited to do a writing workshop for adults with mental challenges through a Lexington group called Minds Wide Open.
I was nervous about doing this, I have to confess. As it turned out, we had a wonderful morning, full of expression and surprises and some very fine poetry.
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At the end of the class, several of the participants hugged me as they left. This encounter made a deep impression on me, and I found myself thinking of this novel idea again, with a greater sense of urgency and interest. Still, it was another year before I started to write it. I found this to be true.
Human motivation, the simple question of why we do what we do, is often very complex, as it is here with David and his fateful decision. As his creator, were you able to sympathize in any way with his motives? Oh, yes, certainly. Even thought none of us may never experience a moment this dramatic, nonetheless we all have similar experiences, times when we react powerfully to an event in ways we may not completely understand until much later, if at all.
Grief counselors, after all, are relatively new. I remember stories, growing up, of adults in my town who had suffered terrible losses. There was a kind of silence around such people. Everyone knew their history, and the imprint of the loss was visible in the unfolding of their lives, but no one ever mentioned the person who had died.
So it was with David. His way of coping with the loss of his sister, and with the greater loss of his family that resulted, was to try to move on; to take control of his life and to push forward; to become a success in the eyes of the world.
The novel begins in Do you think our attitudes toward people with disabilities have changed since then? Are we more enlightened or accepting now? Certainly, writing this novel was a process of enlightenment for me. To create a convincing character, one who was herself and not a stereotype, without being either sentimental or patronizing, seemed a daunting task. I started reading and researching. Also, tentatively, I started having conversations. They were a terrific help, candid and straightforward and wise.
The fight that Caroline fights during this book is emblematic of struggles that took place all over the country during this era to change prevailing attitudes and to open doors that had been slammed shut. The changes did not and do not happen easily, or without personal costs for those who struggled—and struggle still—to make their children visible to the world.
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