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The memory keeper's daughter
Kim Edwards
Adult Fiction EDWARDS

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main characters David Henry
Male
Married
Delivers his twin babies himself; sees his daughter has Down Syndrome and sends her away; endures guilt.
Surgeon

Norah Henry
Female
Married
Gave birth to fraternal twins; her daughter had Down Syndrome; believes she died at birth; mourns her lost daughter.

Caroline Gill
Female
Takes the Down Syndrome newborn with her instead of institutionalizing her.
Nurse

Paul Henry
Male
Age: 25
Twin
Yearns for his sister.

Phoebe Henry
Female
Age: 25
Twin
Paul's sister; taken away as an infant; raised by a nurse.



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