Wickett's Remedy

By Myla Goldberg
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400078127, 370pp.)

Publication Date: October 10, 2006

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Lydia Kilkenny is eager to move beyond her South Boston childhood, and when she marries Henry Wickett, a shy Boston Brahmin who plans to become a doctor, her future seems assured. That path changes when Henry abandons his medical studies and enlists Lydia to help him invent a mail-order medicine called Wickett’s Remedy. Then the 1918 influenza epidemic sweeps through Boston, and in a world turned upside down Lydia must forge her own path through the tragedy unfolding around her. As she secures work as a nurse at a curious island medical station conducting human research into the disease, Henry’s former business partner steals the formula for Wickett’s Remedy to create for himself a new future, trying—and almost succeeding—to erase the past he is leaving behind.

Alive with narrative ingenuity, and tinged with humor as well as sorrow, this inspired recreation of a forgotten era powerfully reminds us how much individual voices matter—in history and in life.




About the Author
Myla Goldberg is the author of the bestselling "Bee Season," which was named a "New York Times "Notable Book in 2000 and made into a film, and, most recently, of "Time's Magpie," a book of essays about Prague. Her short stories have appeared in "Harper's," "McSweeney's, "and "failbetter," She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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