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The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
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Jun 30, 11

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Read from June 23 to 30, 2011

A couple of redeeming qualities: a nice weaving in of an overarching metaphor in a way that was meaningful, and Caroline was a likable character.

But the rest, UGH. Implausible and overly sentimental. Does someone really grieve THAT distraughtly for such an extended period of time over a stillborn baby? Will a stillborn child cause years of alcohol abuse and torrid affairs? I don't think so--it just made me dislike Norah.

And for a book that sought to overcome the sterotypes of downsyndrome, I was really disappointed with Phoebe's representation. She's described as "highly capable and functional," yet at 25 years old the writer still depicts her as talking and thinking like a toddler. From the highly functional adults I have seen with downsyndrome, this representation was a gross injustice.
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