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September 05, 2011


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I read the book and saw the Lifetime movie...both I liked. I was somewhat frustrated with David and the consequences of his choices. I thought his relationship with Paul was interesting as well. And I loved the trucker. You should try to catch the movie if it's on again since the book is fresh in your mind. I've seen it rerun lately.


I didn't love it. I read it with one of my book groups a few years back. I just couldn't buy into the characters or anything they chose to do. And I agree it got pretty crazy at about 2/3s of the way in...I was glad when it was over. I had friends who loved it. I couldn't figure out just didn't work for me.

bermudaonion (Kathy)

It's been years since I read this book, but I remember loving it. Edwards is coming here for an event in January and I can't wait to meet her!

S. Krishna

I still haven't read the book - I wasn't fascinated by the premise to begin with, and then all the hype set in that left me feeling "eh". Now that, like you said, everyone read it years ago, I may go back and read it!


I thought the premise was great. But I have to agree with Kiki. This novel didn't work for me. It was way too long and repetitive (not well edited, perhaps) and I didn't buy into the characters.


Abridged audios are, in my opinion, the worst. I just can't figure out why they need to exist in the first place. Just had a similar experience as yours with A THEORY OF RELATIVITY by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Anyway, I absolutely loved THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER. It has been awhile since I read it - at least 3 years, before my book blogging days - but it remains one of my favorites.


I enjoyed this book and the movie as well. I can still remember it after having read it quite awhile ago, so that says a lot right there. I also recently read her new book Lake of Dreams which was not quite as good.

I listen to books like you on my short commute to work, never abridged. I interlibrary loan most of the ones I want to read, I have an aversion to buying books on disc, Not sure why. I can do this all online which is a beautiful thing. I strongly suggest it. I just picked up the Sisters of Hardscrabble Road and am looking forward to listening to it.

My belated sympathies about your dog. My pets are both old, I dread what is too come.


I really hated this book. I can't remember exactly why anymore! It's rare for me to dislike any book, but this one annoyed me a lot.
PS this is the first time I've ever commented on a blog!


Wow, people are all over the map on this one. I enjoyed the story, as I wrote, but it needed some editing! Mary, so exciting that you commented on my blog!

Hattie Norman

I've read "The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. Will never forget the father, the nurse, the mother, etc. Unforgettable.

Nancy Shohet West

I liked it a lot when I read it (which, as you imply, was years ago!). I can't say it stuck with me as well as I would have expected, though. I remember several specific plot points, but there's a lot I don't remember about it as well. (Trucker? What trucker?) Still, as you said, it's worth reading just for the historical content as far as how much society has changed in its treatment of the mentally disabled.


I read this book several years ago and ultimately, I enjoyed it. I found David to be difficult to like (a pompous jerk, really) and aggravating when he was almost likable. Of course I liked Norah quite a bit although I didn't think she was always fair or nice to the trucker guy who was great! (I could be remembering wrong)

I agree with you about some of the characters taking an unexpected turn tht didn't sem all that realistic. I wondered why Edwards did tht. It was a good story and if she hadn't done that, the length would have been better!

I don't see Martha Plimpton as a good choice for this book on audio, rather odd, actually!


I read this book years ago, so I don't remember much about it. I do remember liking it a lot, so I guess this book needs a revisit. Enjoyed reading your thoughts!

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