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The Memory Keeper's Daughter

The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards AuthorKim Edwards grew up in Skaneateles, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The oldest of four children, she graduated from Colgate University and the University of Iowa, where she received an MFA in Fiction and an MA in Linguistics. After completing her graduate work, she went with her husband to Asia, where they spent the next five years teaching, first on the rural east coast of Malaysia, then in a small city an hour south of Tokyo, and finally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.During her time in Asia, Kim began to publish short fiction, and in 1990 her story “Sky Juice” won the Nelson Algren Award. Her stories and essays have since appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris review.She has taught in the MFA programs at Warren Wilson and Washington University, and is currently an assistant professor at The University of Kentucky. Her novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, was selected for a Barnes and Noble Discovery Award and won the Kentucky Literary Award for Fiction in 2005.ReviewI had expected more of this book. I was thrilled by the synopsis and kept coming back to this book on several occasions expecting it to be something really great. But I am left dissapointed. The synopsis describes pretty much the whole story. There is not much more to it and I as hoping for something much more emotional. Character development is done pretty correct. You get a good image of the characters, their personalities and problems. The story is a bit jumpy in point of view so you get a bit insight in all of them but not really enough to get me really attached or emotionally involved with one. The story is slow in development dealing with some specific life experiences and jumping in time a lot. I had hoped on a more emotional struggle from either one of the characters or something in the twin bound that would blow up this whole thing. Instead I experienced this book as a flat story.