Why did Lois Lowry write the book The Giver?

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mrshh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lois Lowry first had the idea to create the world of The Giver when her father began suffering from memory loss in his old age.  She saw the suffering and emotional pain he went through when she reminded him that his other daughter had passed away many years before.  This gave Lowry the idea to create a fictional world in which there was no pain.  There were also no painful memories in such a world.  

Her father did not have control of his own memory in the later years of his life.  This made Lowry consider what life would be like if people did not have control of their memories.

In The Giver, members of the community do not have memories of pain or grief.  The Giver himself is the only person who holds these memories.  He protects the community by keeping these memories so they do not have to.  When the leaders in the community have a question about solving a problem, the Giver counsels them based on his memories.