The Memory Keeper's Daughter Setting & Symbolism

Kim Edwards
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Down's Syndrome

Formerly referred to as "mongolism," Down's syndrome is a form of retardation that is marked by almond-shaped, slightly slanted eyes, stubby limbs and digits and a somewhat flattened face. Many people affected with Down's syndrome live into middle age and can often be high-functioning, which is how Phoebe Henry is described in this story.

Blue Baby

A blue baby is a term used for a stillborn child who never draws a breath. David Henry describes Phoebe as a blue baby to Norah Henry.

Lexington, Kentucky

The home of David and Norah Henry, and the birthplace of Paul Henry

Fraternal Twins

Fraternal twins occur when two eggs are fertilized by two sperm; the babies are not identical. Paul and Phoebe are fraternal twins.

Versailles, Kentucky

Versailles is the small town where Caroline became stranded with the newborn Phoebe and was rescued by Al Simpson.

Sewing Circle

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