The Remedy for Love

The Remedy for Love

By Bill Roorbach

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781616203313, 311pp.

Publication Date: October 2014


FINALIST FOR THE 2014 KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION A flat-out funny, sexy, and poignant romantic thriller. * They re calling for the Storm of the Century, and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart twenty bucks and a ride home; that's the least he can do. Trouble is, Danielle doesn t really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles and secrets of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can t. She ll need food, water, and firewood, and that's just to get her through the storm: there's a whole long winter ahead. Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but winds howling, snow mounting he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle's terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together. Intensely moving, frequently funny, "The Remedy for Love" is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice. One of the best novels of this or any year. *David Abrams, author of "Fobbit.

About the Author
Bill Roorbach is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner "Big Bend"; "Into Woods"; "Temple Stream"; and most recently, the bestselling "Life Among Giants." The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, "Writing Life Stories, " is used in writing programs around the world. His work has been published in "Harper's, " the "Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, " the "New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, " and dozens of other magazines and journals. "Life Among Giants" was an Editor's Pick for Amazon's Best 2012, a "Shelf Awareness" Top Ten Best Fiction for 2012, and a winner of the Maine Literary Award for Fiction.