Summary Of The Memory Keeper's Daughter By Kim Edwards

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The novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, talks about a couple that has a set of twins, but one of them comes out with down syndrome. And without the wife’s knowledge and permission he gave the daughter with the down syndrome away. The daughter was supposed to get dropped off to a house where “people like her” are taken to, but instead the nurse keeps her and cares for her. In the novel, Edwards is trying to get the message through of how secrets within a family distances themselves apart. The central question of the story is what would you do to protect the ones you love? David Henry keeps his secrets so that he does not hurt his family, to save the grief, and because his secret is bigger than everybody else’s. The central question that Kim Edwards is asking is what would you do to protect the ones you love? David Henry keeps his daughter a secret to try and protect his family. But instead of protecting them, it tore them apart and soon felt like they did not know what was going on between them. Keeping secrets from your family makes them not fully feel like they trust you. Secrets distance you from them because …show more content…

He kept the secret from them to save the grief because he thought Phoebe was going to die young and thought the more time that they spent together, the harder it would be to deal with her death. Phoebe’s “death” caused Norah Henry to become an alcoholic which brought her to trouble; a minor car accident. This “death” made Norah and David distance away from each other instead of bringing them closer. He thought he was saving her from grief but instead he ended up losing both his wife and his daughter. His wife soon got a job to help keep her mind off of Phoebe, and ended up becoming successful and owning her own travel agency which led to her never being home and traveling the

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