I finished! My first thought, like usual, is that it could have done some editing.
Kim Edwards is a beautiful writer. All of her senses are finely crafted. This is a very visual novel and there is an underlying metaphor of photography. Capturing the moment, but how each moment could be seen in a thousand different ways.
I found the final third of the novel disappointing. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I was disappointed with how the threads of the story came together.
However, I will definitely read more of her work.
Oh and before I started I thought the Memory Keeper was Caroline Gill, but it turned out to be someone completely different …
I’ve just finished reading The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer and I’ll try to get my thoughts down soon.
I’m up to 1977 now – Paul and Phoebe are 13. I’m still struggling with David and Caroline’s decisions. However, the writing is beautiful – very visual almost poetic in her choice of words. Each chapter is written from a different point of view – Norah, David or Caroline – and the inner experience if each one is very well documented. I almost understand David’s decision (and perhaps by the end I will) and I can see Norah’s life slowly unravelling. Caroline (at this stage) seems to be the only one living a happy and fulfilling life (not without frustrations).
More later …
I’ve just read the first chapter and I have some questions.
First, why does he take his wife to his clinic? I know it’s closer and there is a blizzard, but it still seems a bit odd to me.
Why, why, why does he tell his wife the baby died? This can only end badly. Why did he want to give the baby away? Is it because of his sister’s illness?
I shall keep reading.