The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Being a book about secrets, marriage and handicapped children, this book sat on my shelf for years because I assumed it would be too sentimental. It actually presents a balance between objectivity and sympathy that is the kind of exploration of human nature that the best novels can present. The book is gripping, except for the last 100 pages or so, which don't have enough tension to sustain the characters. Otherwise, definitely thought provoking.