The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. 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, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : HarperAudio, 2006
ISBN: 9780061157950
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Plimpton, Martha 1970-

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When a father delivers his own babies during a blizzard, he makes the split-second decision to tell his wife that their daughter, born with Down's Syndrome, died during delivery, a decision that will change their lives in ways they can't imagine.

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Jan 25, 2013

This is a heart-warming and wrenching tale about sorrow and joy through selfish and selfless choices that consume a family's existence. David's decision to give away his daughter with Down's Syndrome may shockingly not have been the worst thing for his family or his daughter.


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