Although she published an award-winning short-story collection called The Secrets of a Fire King in 1997, Kim Edwards didn’t have any aspirations of becoming a novelist. That is, until a pastor told her a remarkable story that haunted her until she adapted it into The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.
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Kim Edwards at Barnes & Noble.
Place of Birth:
A.A., Cayuga Community College; B.A., Colgate University; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop; M.A., University of Iowa
Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, 1990; Pushcart Prize, 1995; Whiting Writers' Award, 2002; Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, 2005; Kentucky Literary Award, 2005
Kim Edwards's official web site
|The Buzz Book|
|The Memory Keeper's Daughter|
Award-winning writer Edwards's debut novel is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a gift, filled with radiant mystery. Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion about family, choices, secrets, and redemption. This is a wonderful, heartbreaking, heart-healing, novel," observes fellow author Luanne Rice.
|A Room of Her Own|
|"My husband was a carpenter before he became a professor, and he built beautiful offices in our house for us both," Edwards tells us in our interview. "I write there, in the mornings, with a cup of coffee and a small bowl full of water-smoothed stones from the lake where I grew up."|
In our interview, we asked Edwards to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books. She called Housekeeping "perhaps the most beautiful book I've ever read -- another book... whose prose on close examination reveals the cadences and structures of poetry."
|Stones from the River|
Edwards also mentioned Stones from the River as a favorite read, explaining, "This is such a powerful and beautiful book, which explores the intersection of history with individual lives." Read our interview to learn more about Edwards and her best-loved books, including: