"…and the distance between them, millimeters only, the space of a breath, opened up and deepened, became a cavern at whose edge he stood."
A poignant tale of a once perfect family draped and destroyed by secrets and deception. In 1964, the ever hard working Dr. David Henry was caught between a blizzard and his heavily pregnant wife who’s about to give birth. He delivered his son, perfect and healthy. He was confused when her wife, then heavily sedated, started to push again and expelled a new child. He delivered his own twins! He immediately recognized that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asked the nurse to take the baby to an institution and made her promise to keep the other baby’s birth a secret.
This is by far, one of the most emotional book that I’ve ever read. The story was told through all these different point of views, in that way, the reader will really understand and I think, will definitely form a significant empathetic bond with all the book’s characters. The mother who lost her daughter, the grief, the never ending grief. The father-slash-doctor who regrets the decision he made on the night in question. The Nurse who was, for a long time, in love with the doctor. Paul, the first twin, caught between pleasing his father and fulfilling his dreams and a look into the life of a child with Down Syndrome, and the struggles and stigma of the time.
Dr. Henry’s regrets, his decision that, at first, he thought could save his family, eventually became a three decade nightmare that dismantled the very foundation of their family.
The perfect book to grab if you want to have a good cry.