Edwards says the book was inspired by real life. "I heard this true story about a guy in his 40s who discovered he had a brother who died in an institution," says Edwards. "The secret at the center of this family was so compelling." Despite a downer of a premise and a seemingly callous male protagonist, The Memory Keeper's Daughter (recently released in paperback) finds sympathy for its characters along the way. "People deal with death and grief in different ways," says Edwards. "We've all looked at something we did and surprised even ourselves."
Fri., June 23, 7 p.m.