Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Moss Bluff Book Chat: February 1, 2011

Below is a summary of our discussion on our first “Book of the Month:” The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.

The novel follows the troubles Dr. David Henry's family suffers after he decides to give up his daughter born with Down syndrome in 1964 only to lie to his wife, saying the little girl died at birth.

Reactions to the novel ran the gamut among our group: one member truly loved it, a few didn’t care for it at all, and the rest had more mixed reactions. All agreed that the novel was rather complex with several different plots running parallel to each other, only on occasion intertwining. The complexity was engaging to one member, but many others found it unnecessary and confusing at times.

Edwards has a distinct, poetic style to her writing. Her descriptions, while vivid, sometimes bury the plot -- which bothered a few members. Members also critiqued the characterizations in the novel, which many found inconsistent and frustrating.

If you’ve already read The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, feel free to share your thoughts on the novel in the comments. Agree or disagree with the Book Club? Let us know!

If you'd like to join us, our next "Book of the Month" will be Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, which we will discuss on March 1st. For more information, please contact the Moss Bluff branch.

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