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Kim Edwards is the author of the short-story collection The Secrets of the Fire King, which was an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, and has won the Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award. Her first novel is The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Penguin, 2007). She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 3 March 2011. After years abroad, Lucy returns home from Japan. At a crossroads in her life, she is newly haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Late one night, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be idle curiosities, but soon reveal a complex family history.
A #1 New York Times bestseller by Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted novel of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of loveKim Edwards's stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a centuryin which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that winter night long ago.A family drama, The Memory Keeper's Daughter explores every mother's silent fear: What would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? It is also an astonishing tale of love and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets are finally uncovered.From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the author of the bestselling and beloved novel The Memory Keeper's Daughter Kim Edwards, comes a mesmerising story of startling family secrets and lies in the Sunday Times bestselling novel The Lake of Dreams The darkest secrets are the ones we hide from ourselves. . . Ten years ago, traumatized by her father's death, Lucy left her home and her country. Now, she returns to her family's rambling lakeside home to lay old ghosts to rest. Sleepless one night, Lucy makes a momentous discovery. Locked in a moonlit window seat is a collection of family heirlooms - objects whose secrets no one was ever supposed to find. Piecing together her family's true history, she realises that the story she has always been told was a fiction . . . Mesmerizing and haunting, The Lake of Dreams is a startling story of family secrets and lies, lost love and redemption, and of the many pieces and puzzles that make up a life. 'An emotional novel with lyrical touches' Sunday Times 'Beautifully plotted and breathtakingly accomplished' Daily Express 'An absorbing, perceptive and moving tale' Daily Mail 'A powerful saga' Good Housekeeping 'An epic of discovery and deception' She 'A page-turner' Red Kim Edwards is the author of the bestselling The Memory Keeper's Daughter and a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King. Her honours include the Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award, as well as the Kentucky Literary Award, a National Magazine Award, and a grant from the NEA.She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.
From Kim Edwards, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter, an arresting novel of one family's secret historyImbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards's The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family's past, one that will radically change herand the future of her familyforever.The Lake of Dreams will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter, as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller.
Young, fiery and bright, Eshlaini has her whole future ahead of her - until her father condemns her to a life of spinsterhood. Joyce has settled into Malaysian life after thirty years as an ex-pat wife - or so she thinks, until a newcomer arrives and reveals just how little of her home she knows. Jade Moon wants the best for her family - but, surrounded by Americans who reject her Korean traditions, she must first work out what `the best' means. Though cultures and distances separate them, their experiences reflect our universal fears and desires. From a breathtaking island off Singapore to upstate New York and France, Kim Edwards takes in the world, compassionately and gracefully exploring the obstacles of time, place and circumstance in all of our quests for love, happiness and acceptance.
Impeccable, a treasure . . . Edwardss brilliance is evident in the way she constructs a story. Chicago TribuneShowcasing the intensity and perception of a truly gifted writer, this collection of stories by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keepers Daughter transports us to exotic locations as it follows the lives of those on the fringes of societya fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, a juggler and a trapeze artist, a cleaning woman whose life is interwoven with Marie Curies. Each must confront, in dramatically different ways, the barriers of time, place, and circumstance in that most universal of human experiences: the quest to discover, and understand, the elusive mysteries of love.