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Uncategorized / Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Kim Edwards’, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, continues to be a touching novel throughout the second quarter of the book. As the story evolves and time progresses, we witness both the struggles and breakthroughs these characters continue to experience. The two families this story revolves around are leading completely separate lives, yet they are inexplicably connected on a tenaciously emotional level; purposeful and unyielding. Dr. David Henry, his wife Norah, and their son Paul are aging, even with a feeling of loss growing between them. However, Caroline is raising a separate family with her new husband, Al, and Phoebe, her adopted daughter of sorts. The author’s literary techniques are endlessly inspiring; a personal favorite of mine is symbolism. An example from the story, on page 153, is David’s descriptive thought process when Paul breaks his arm. “The damage was simple enough: clear, straight forward fractures of the ulna and the radius. These bones ran parallel; the greatest danger was that, in healing, the two might fuse together.” This symbolizes how these characters are living parallel lives, and David’s fear of being caught in the impulsive act he committed so many years before. Kim Edwards also uses similes and metaphors to expertly make the text come to life. On page 142, an excerpt from the text reads: “These days they were like two planets in orbit around the sun, not colliding but not drawing any closer either.” In this scenario, a simile is used to dictate how David and Norah Henry have been emotionally growing apart through the years.

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