Well this book, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards is a rather sad book to read and it certainly made me cry a few times whilst reading it.
This book is about a man and a woman, a mother and father. The mother gave birth to twins. One twin, a boy, is perfect…the other, a girl, has Down Syndrome. The father decides to send the one with Down Syndrome away to an institution and tell the mother that the child has died. The father sent the baby girl away with with the nurse helping with the delivery of the babies to an institution but the nurse couldn’t do this, so she kept the baby and raises the child as her own. The book tells you what happens in the life of the mother and father and their son and also in the life of the nurse and the baby girl.
I think the book is fantastically written, I read the whole book in a few days. I couldn’t put it down. I have my opinions on the characters of the book. I feel that the father was in the wrong for sending the baby away. This was back in the 1960s so I don’t know what life was like then, I really feel for nurse but she should of said no but then again I suppose the father would of took the girl to the institution himself and then the baby girl wouldn’t have the opportunity of the nurse raising her. I do feel for the father, he obviously did regret sending the baby girl away. The person that I feel for the most is the mother. To be told that your baby has died has got to be one of the worst things in the world. The fact that this was not the true is terrible!
This book got me thinking about the child I am trying to conceive. I am of the opinion that if my next child is at all disabled or sick, I will love it more than words can describe. I will love it exactly the same amount as I do Miss A. That child is mine and that is all that matters. These are my feelings now, I hope I never have to be in the situation where my child is born disabled or sick but I think I have enough love to give and the determination to deal with whatever is wrong.
I would like this book to be sent to Northern Mum. I know it is a bit of a sad book but it comes with chocolate! Northern Mum has made me laugh and also cry in the past year that I have been blogging. She is a lovely person!