Kim Edwards is the author of the short story collection The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the 1998 PEN/ Hemingway Award, and she has won both the Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she is an assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky.
The book in one sentence: How a father’s secret decision to give his Down’s Syndrome daughter away affects the lives of his family for years to come.
Who would you recommend it to: If you like bestsellers fiction, you should enjoy this one.
OK bits: The premise of the story. I like the idea of exploring how secrets can affect not just the keeper, but also the people it is kept from.
Boring bits: The literary bits, where it goes on and on about the character’s emotion and likening it to something symbolic or stuff. I don’t enjoy bits like this, though I can see the prose is beautiful.
Random review quote:
“A tale of regret and redemption… so lovely you have to reread… just to be captivated all over again” – Jodi Picoult
Verdict: Personally not to my taste, but it was a good book nonetheless.