The Theme Of Love In The Memory Keeper's Daughter

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a novel of a husband and wife, their kids, and a nurse.

Norah is pregnant with twins and goes into labor on a freezing cold and snowy night and David,

her husband, drives her to the doctor’s office he works at and delivers his own children, with the

help of the nurse Caroline. A baby boy is born first. Then, a baby girl with Down’s Syndrome.

Before Norah is even awake, David hands the second child off to Caroline to take her away to a

home for children like her, but after arriving and see what this place is like, she could not do that.

Caroline takes the child in as her own. On her way back to the apartment she stops at a grocery

store to pick up food, and when she leaves she soon realizes her car will
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David loses himself in photography to cope with the shame he feels. He

perfects everything in his pictures because he can’t perfect what happens in his life.

“Photography is all about secrets... The secrets we all have and will never tell” (Edwards 201).

David hides his secrets in his photography instead of telling them out loud. David made the

largest impact on this story.

This story puts out the message that people always do what they believe is best for the

people they love. After reading this story, it helped me, as a reader, realize that people make

choices based off of what they think is helping, but their decision sometimes makes matters

worse. Also, reading about Phoebe’s life gave me new insights on how wonderful life is. If you

live life to the fullest you can never be unhappy. “But what goes wrong is not your fault. You

can’t spend the rest of your life tiptoeing around to try and avert disaster. It won’t work. You’ll

just end up missing the life you have”(Edwards 78). This quote stood out among all of the words

because made the realization that you should never just dwell on everything that goes wrong.

You do not always have control over everything. This story brought up how Phoebe had
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“He’d kept this silence

because his own secrets were darker, more hidden, and because he believed that his secrets had

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created hers”(Edwards 203). This quote shows the significance that all of the lying had caused

in this story. One lie caused another person to lie and they just go on deceiving each other.

Finally, the last thought this novel opened my eyes to was showing how every human being

deserves the life they are given and they are important. David made it seem like Phoebe’s life did

not matter because she was not as “perfect” as the rest. Phoebe’s life was just as important as any

other person’s life. This story made me realize many different morals.

This story kept me interested and always wanting to read more. This book changed my

way of thinking through many different actions the characters took and the inspiring quotes Kim

Edwards put into the story. I loved this book because it could be relatable to almost every reader.

Each person could find a different character to have something in common with. It always kept

me reading more with the suspense of never knowing when the secrets and lies would come

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