Kim Edwards Needs a Good Editor
Though the typos and temporal/descriptive gaffes were not as bad as some who reviewed the book insisted they were, those I noted were troubling enough. It's hard to believe that this book was already out as a hardbound--I'd expect that those errors would have been corrected before they just put it out in paperback for even more to take note of. However, as a research writer who also edits and proofreads the work of others, I freely admit to being super nit-picky. I read a lot, and have run across much stranger stuff than was in The Memory Keeper's Daughter. It's good writing, though the characters are not as thoroughly drawn as I'd like to see. I want to know more about them, over a longer period of time, not just between long stretches. I want to know why these people do what they do. It's as though someone has all the facts, but they choose not to impart enough to answer all the questions that come up. What made David think that this situation was so much like his own unresolved childhood? Is he so emotionally stunted by his loss of his sister that he doesn't see that the decision he makes about Phoebe is not at all related to his sister's diseased heart? How could he woo Norah so thoroughly, with so many heroic promises, then not only take away her flesh and blood, but go on a separate emotional vacation from then on? Talk about unkept promises! Then he just ups and dies, somewhere backstage, and the rest of the book is lost. It's almost as frustrating as when a writer introduces a character at the start, then abandons him until he's needed to tie things up at the end. There is a lot more book here, but nothing that Kim Edwards can't write. She is very good, and by and large the book is so well written that I was happy to suspend disbelief for the time it took to finish it. But I reiterate--Kim Edwards needs someone to read her stuff more than once, so that she doesn't say something and then contradict herself several pages later.
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