In Case You Missed It!

February 10th, 2015 Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note: Kim Edwards ’78 was originally run in the fall/winter 2008 edition of The Spartan.

Kim Edwards newKim Edwards ’78 gave the campus a lot to talk about in April when her best selling novel was made into a movie by the Lifetime Television Network.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim’s debut novel, is a gripping family drama about a secret that shapes the lives of two families over a quarter of a century. It is a testament to the way that life can take unexpected turns and how two families’ lives are intertwined into mystery, loss, and grief.

The Chicago Tribune wrote “Edwards, the author of a short-story collection and the winner of a Nelson Algren Award, is a born novelist. From the riveting depiction of the twins’ birth, which opens the book, she sustains suspense through 400 pages of compelling prose, consistent characterization, and a plot that is poignant without being preachy or sticky-sweet.”

Kim has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and most recently the Kentucky Literary Award for fiction. She is also the author of a collection of short stories titled The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris Review and have received National Magazine Awards for excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter has been chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover title.

After graduating from CCC, Kim received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree in creative writing and linguistics from the University of Iowa. After teaching English in Asia and the U.S., she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and daughters.

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