Freebie Friday: Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

This giveaway is closed:  Winner is Nancye Davis.  Congratulations!!!

For Freebie Friday I usually try to pick a book that has something to do with the season we are in, or current world happenings… but today… well today… I chose this book because it is a good read and I have an extra copy that needs a good home.  :)

Todays Freebie Friday is The Memory Keepers daughter by Kim Edwards.

T his stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to memory keeperdeliver his own twins.
His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love.

This weeks giveaway starts right now!  To enter:

1.  Leave a comment here about how the above information on this book makes you feel.  If you have read this book and if you have not, the above paragraph is quite powerful and really sets the mood for this book to begin…

2.  For a bonus entry, blog or tweet about this giveaway and on a separate comment, leave the link here.

Thats it!  US entrants only please and be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.  No PO boxes may be used for delivery.

This giveaway will end next Friday, August 28.

Good luck!!! ♣

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Posted on August 21, 2009, in Book Giveaways and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Having read this book I may have had time to form my feelings beyond just that paragraph. I was happy for the nurse who would probably never have children of her own. I felt like the doctor made a split second decision, by himself with no other input, that was momentous, probably requiring his wife’s input and more time. I do believe he did what he did out of love and compassion for his wife, tho.

  2. I have always wanted to read this one.

    I tweeted

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    Okay now sure how to post the link from twitter so I hope this works

  3. Do not enter me-I have read this one-good choice.

  4. I’ve been wanting to read this. How often we make a life changing decision in an instant — most are not as monumental as this—but everyday we make decisions that could impact our future.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

  5. I have read this book and it was one of the best and most profound books I have read. In fact someone borrowed it and never returned it. I would love to win it for my friend who is going through some really tough times. I know it;s not a cheer up book but it is one where you get deeply involved in the characters and lose track of time and your own problems. Thanks for the chance and thanks for bringing up this book for others to discover.

    espressogurl at hotmail dot com

    • If you like this I would recommend Jodi Piccoults books if you have not already discovered her. I prefer Piccoult but this book reminds me a lot of her style.

    • Thanks for the comment. It is a good read and I hope that this giveaway will get people reading it even though it has been around for awhile now. :)

  6. I haven’t had a chance to read this, but I have heard good reviews about it. I wonder what the doctor’s wife thought of his quick decision and if it would have been different with more input? Will the nurse, although happy, feel remorse and try to reunite the twins?
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. justicejenniferreads

    I haven’t had a chance to read this, but I’ve seen it on countless bookstores. Just reading the summary makes me want to read it. I’m always interested in reading about people and families – well, just relationships over all. Why do we do the things we do to the ones we love? And this book seems to explore that a lot.

    Thanks for the opportunity to get my hands on this book!
    JLesnick@scu.edu

  8. Ouch! I worked with a number of adults with Down’s in the past, and I can’t understand the doctor’s decision at all. I think I would spend my whole reading time trying to get over my anger!

    • It was a hard read for me… it really took the entire book for me to try to understand. I know we all make decisions in our lives that we dont totally think through the long (really long) term outcome of that decision

  9. I would love to read this book!

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  10. I cannot believe he as a doctor would sent away his own child to be institutionalized sounds like a good book

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  12. the paragraph makes me sad that a father could cast his child out like that but times were different then. the fact that the woman raised the child as her own –that fills me with hope that people actually love and care for children

  13. As a mother and a Special Education Teacher, it makes me terribly angry that someone could just throw away a child because of a disability.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  15. Wow, this sounds like a powerful book. I can’t imagine a parent being able to do that with his own child, let alone a doctor. But for the nurse to make that sacrifice for the child, there is no greater love than that.

    I would love to read this, so could you stick my name in the hat?

    Sharon

  16. I saw this movie and thought it was really good. The books are usually better so I’d love to win this.

    lelou2 AT ymail DOT com

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