Hija de la memoria (Memory Keeper's Daughter)

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El invierno de 1964, una repentina tormenta cubre de nieve el área de Lexington, Kentucky. Las carreteras son peligrosas, pero el doctor David Henry está decidido a conducir al hospital a su mujer, Norah, para que pueda dar a luz a su primer hijo. Pronto se hace evidente que las carreteras son demasiado traicioneras y decide pararse en su propia consulta médica. Aquí, con la ayuda de su enfermera, Caroline, puede asistir al parto de su hijo Paul. Pero de manera inesperada, Norah pare una segunda criatura, una ...
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El invierno de 1964, una repentina tormenta cubre de nieve el área de Lexington, Kentucky. Las carreteras son peligrosas, pero el doctor David Henry está decidido a conducir al hospital a su mujer, Norah, para que pueda dar a luz a su primer hijo. Pronto se hace evidente que las carreteras son demasiado traicioneras y decide pararse en su propia consulta médica. Aquí, con la ayuda de su enfermera, Caroline, puede asistir al parto de su hijo Paul. Pero de manera inesperada, Norah pare una segunda criatura, una niña, Phoebe, en quien David reconoce inmediatamente el síndrome de Down.
David decide ahorrar a su mujer lo que entiende como una vida de padecimientos. Entrega la niña a Caroline junto con la dirección de la casa donde quiere que la deje, sin imaginar ni anticipar de qué manera su acción servirá para destruir todo aquello que pretende proteger. Entonces se gira hacia Norah y le dice: "La pequeña ha muerto en el momento de nacer".
Pero tal como muestra de forma elocuente Hija de la memoria, la vida es una imagen en movimiento, que se desarrolla y cambia fuera de nuestro control. A pesar de que deseamos congelar un momento, volver al pasado o alterar los acontecimientos, el tiempo nos empuja hacia delante. Con esta novela conmovedora pero llena de esperanza, Kim Edwards explora los misterios del dolor, el amor y el poder de la verdad, tanto para desestabilizar como para curar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788479011161
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Pub Co Inc
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,364,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Edwards
Kim Edwards (1966) es autora del libro de cuentos The Secrets of a Fire King, que optó al premio PEN/Hemingway Award de 1998 y ganó el Whiting Award y el Nelson Algren Award. Graduada por la Iowa Writers' Workshop, enseña técnicas de escritura en la Universidad de Kentucky.


In the late ‘90s, Edwards was making a major splash on the literary scene. Her recently published short story collection would soon be pegged for a Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award, and would also be an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Around this charmed time, Edwards heard a story that would ultimately propel her toward a career as a bestselling novelist.

"A few months after my story collection, The Secrets of a Fire King, was published, one of the pastors of the Presbyterian church I'd recently joined said she had a story to give me," she explained in an interview on the Penguin Group web site. "It was just a few sentences, about a man who'd discovered late in life that his brother had been born with Down syndrome, placed in an institution at birth, and kept a secret from his family, even from his own mother, all his life. He'd died in that institution, unknown. I remember being struck by the story even as she told it, and thinking right away that it really would make a good novel. It was the secret at the center of the family that intrigued me. Still, in the very next heartbeat, I thought: Of course, I'll never write that book."

Despite Edwards's quick dismissal of the idea, it would not unhand her. She let several years slip by without going to work on the story, but she never forgot it. When she was invited to run a writing workshop for mentally disabled adults, the experience affected Edwards so profoundly that she started mulling over the pastor's story more seriously. It would be another year before Edwards actually began working on The Memory Keeper's Daughter, but once she did, she found that it came quickly and surprisingly well-developed.

In The Memory Keeper's Daughter, a man named David discovers that his newly born son is in fine health, but the child's twin sister is stricken with Down Syndrome. So, the distraught father, who harbors painful memories of his own sister's chronic illness, makes a quick but incredibly difficult decision: he asks the attending nurse to take his daughter to an institution where she might receive better care. Although he tells his wife that the child was stillborn, David's decision goes on to affect the lives of himself and his wife for the following 25 years.

Haunting, dramatic, and moving, The Memory Keeper's Daughter went on to become a big seller and a critical favorite. The Library Journal hailed it as "an enthralling page-turner" and Kirkus reviews declared that Edwards "excels at celebrating a quiet wholesomeness..."

Now that Edwards has broken into novel-writing in a big way, she is hard at work on her follow up to her smash debut. "I have begun a new novel, called The Dream Master," she says. "It's set in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York where I grew up, which is stunningly beautiful, and which remains in some real sense the landscape of my imagination. Like The Memory Keeper's Daughter, this new novel turns on the idea of a secret -- that seems to be my preoccupation as a writer -- though in this case the event occurred in the past and is a secret from the reader as well as from the characters, so structurally, and in its thematic concerns, the next book is an entirely new discovery."

Good To Know

Although Edwards had been interested in writing ever since she was a little girl, she didn't actually write her first story "Cords" until she was in a fiction workshop while attending Colgate University.

Among the many fans that Edwards has won with The Memory Keeper's Daughter is beloved novelist Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), who said of Edwards's first novel, "I loved this riveting story with its intricate characters and beautiful language."

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Edwards:

"My first job was in a nursing home -- a terrible place in retrospect. It was in an old house, and the residents were so lonely. People rarely visited them. I only stayed there a couple of months, but it made a strong impression on me. Just before I left I went to get one woman for dinner, and discovered that she had died -- a powerful experience when you're 17."

"Though my stories aren't autobiographical, I do sometimes use things from my life. ‘The Way It Felt to be Falling,' a story from my collection The Secrets of a Fire King, uses sky-diving as a metaphor. Like my character, I did jump out of the first plane I ever flew in. It was an amazing experience, but I've never had the urge to do it again."

"One of my greatest times of inspiration is when I'm traveling or living in a new country-there's a tremendous freedom that comes from being unfettered by your own, familiar culture, and by seeing the world from a different point of view. "

"I love to swim, and I love being near water.

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    1. Hometown:
      Lexington, Kentucky
    1. Date of Death:
    1. Education:
      A.A., Cayuga Community College; B.A., Colgate University; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop; M.A., University of Iowa
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  • Posted February 19, 2011


    hija de la memoria nos deja saber como hay personas que no pueden lidear con situaciones yprefieren salir de la situacion . sin decir nada sale de la responsabilidad de ser padre de una hija co sindrome de dawn . sin darle la oportunidad a qu esu esposa piense el toma la decicion de no criar y decide darla a un lugar donde ponen alas personas menospreciada ,gracias a que su asistente hace el esfuerzo y se queda con la nina por el amor que le tuvo a ese hombre se quedo con su hija . una historia donde el instinto de madre la ayuda y le muestra que algo esta indefinido y del cual ella tiene que buscar .

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