The Memory Keeper's Daughter

What metaphors are used in The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards?

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While thinking of his son, Paul’s father gets lost in his memories and arrives at a moment of clarity and understanding in which his interior thoughts spell out the entire epicenter of the narrative in a metaphorical terms;

“He had handed their daughter to Caroline Gill and the secret had taken root; it had grown and blossomed in the center of his family.”