The Memory keeper’s daughter is a novel which is full of secrets. David and Norah have a perfect life as husband and wife, until one night when Norah, who is pregnant with twins, goes into labour and David, who is a doctor by profession, must deliver his children himself in the middle of a blizzard.
They have a healthy baby boy and a girl with Down Syndrome. David knows of the mortality rate of babies with Down Syndrome. He knows that keeping this child will mean that he and his family will face great troubles and loss. He entrusts the child to the nurse and begins his new life with his beloved wife and new healthy, perfectly normal baby boy.
However time passes and Norah is never able to overcome the loss of her lost baby girl, who David said died at childbirth. Her baby girl’s ignored existence by David fuels an anger in her that slowly tears down her marriage. David is left to watch as the decades old lies unravel, and he begins to truly understand the consequences of what he did all those years ago.
This book is a roller-coaster of emotions and questions. Have a read and answer the question. Was David’s decision to lie about his daughter dying the right thing to do? Yes or No?
Use the MRGS library catalogue or MRGS library facebook page to tell us.