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On a winter night in 1964 Dr David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins His son born first is perfectly healthy Yet when his daughter is born he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah his wife he makes a split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret But Caroline the nurse cannot leave the infant Instead she disappears into another city to raise the child herself So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families ignorant of each other are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long ago winter night Norah Henry who knows only that her daughter died at birth remains inconsolable her grief weighs heavily on their marriage And Paul their son raises himself as best he can in a house grown cold with mourning Meanwhile Phoebe the lost daughter grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own

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    Note This review is chock full of spoilers Read at your own riskUgh This book was a disappointment I was drawn in by the premise my mother in law having borne twins where one was neurotypical and the other was not cerebral palsy in our case As I got into the story though its shortcomings became painfully apparent The characters were shallow and unlikable In particular I couldn't stand Norah whose every hackneyed scene from her flirtation with alcoholism to her tawdry affairs to her rebirth as a liberated entrepreneur recalled the one Danielle Steele book I read out of desperation during a boring summer at my parents' house So many times the plot seemed to be building up to a climax which inevitably fell flat son Paul's drugged out ransacking of his father's workroom for example could've led to his discovering the file on his sister but instead was resolved with no revelations just a lame father son chat and an admonition to clean up the mess what was the point? As for David and his photography the title Memory Keeper would've been poignant if say David had kept his photography a private thing albums filled with desperately orchestrated scenes of 'happy' family moments that never were instead the author chose another Steele worthy plot of turning him into a detached semi pro photo artist with some high concept obsession with linking anatomy with nature scenes Whatever The question of how David pulled off his daughter's faked death is also nagging Even if he did sign the death certificate himself how did he swing the service and burial? Should we assume that he simply nipped down to Caskets R Us for a wee box informed everyone that he stuck her in there and that no one blinked an eye?The closest thing to a sympathetic realistic character was Caroline the nurse who raised Phoebe And speaking of Phoebe the author seemed to care less about transcending Down Syndrome stereotypes and fleshing her out as a fully realized character than for using her as a bland abstraction a screen against which the other characters project their neuroses and complicated life choices The author is very enad of setting a scene right down to the dust motes in the air and the color of people's shoes She puts too much effort into description and not enough on weaving a compelling plot Redundancy and trite dialogue are a constant annoyance Oh and the whole Rosemary plot at the end? What? David just happens to stumble upon some pregnant homeless chick in his abandoned childhood home who's about Phoebe's age and after she takes him prisoner and he confesses his precious sins to her he basically adopts her like a neurotypical stand in for the broken daughter he gave away? Was that supposed to be some act of redemption taking in a girl and her baby to atone for the baby he rejected? The whole thing reeks of symbolism but did anyone else just find this twist not only implausible but creepy? FehI struggled to finish this book but I wouldn't recommend anyone doing the same to themselves