From the book jacket: On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is
forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly
healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's
syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a
split second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks the
nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.
But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into
another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story
that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant
of each other, are yet bound by David Henry's fateful decision that long-ago
Comment: It could be easy to cast David as the bad guy in Edwards's first novel, ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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