Remedies

By Kate Ledger
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, Hardcover, 9780399155895, 384pp.)

Publication Date: August 20, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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“I LOVE this book! It is SO well-written! This is a new author that I am hoping will devote most of her time to writing novels. (This one took ten years to write, I'm not sure I can wait another ten!) The author so unabashedly delves into the consequences of grief left ungrieved. Simon and Emily Bear is a middle-aged couple with one teenage daughter. Prior to the daughter's birth, the couple had a son who died as an infant. Simon, a doctor, buries himself in work. When Simon thinks he's found a cure for chronic pain, he becomes so immersed in his work that he teeters dangerously close to the edge of insanity. Emily has repressed her emotions so completely that it is only with the help of a former lover that her stuffed feelings have any chance of airing. This is not a plot-driven story, but if you can fall in love with the beauty of well-written sentences and the incredible evolution the human soul can make, you must read this!”
-- Jennifer, Beagle Books, Park Rapids, MN


Description

A captivating new voice in women's fiction delves into the haunted past of a physician's seemingly perfect marriage.

Simon and Emily Bear look like a couple that has it all. Simon is a respected doctor. His wife, Emily, shines as a partner in a premier public relations firm. But their marriage is scarred by hidden wounds. Even as Simon tends his patients' ills, and Emily spins away her clients' mistakes, they can't seem to do the same for themselves or their relationship.

Simon becomes convinced he's discovered a cure for chronic pain, a finding that could become a medical breakthrough, yet he is oblivious to the pain that he causes at home. Emily, struggling to move beyond the devastating loss she and Simon suffered fifteen years earlier, realizes she hasn't felt anything for a long time-that is, until a lover from her past resurfaces and forces her to examine her marriage anew.

In a debut novel on par with today's top women writers, Remedies explores the complicated facets of pain, in the nerves of the body and the longings of the heart. Depicting modern-day marriage with a razor-sharp eye, Remedies is about what it takes, as an individual and as a couple, to recover from profound loss.




About the Author

Kate Ledger received an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Arizona, and worked for several years as the senior writer at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. As a freelance writer, her articles have been published in Self and Health and other national magazines. She lives in St. Paul, MN, with her husband and children.




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  1. Simon appears to be both altruistic and arrogant at the same time. What role does his profession play in his sense of himself? In what ways is he true to his vision of himself, and, at the same time, in what ways is he shortsighted?

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