The Remedy for Love (Paperback)

By Bill Roorbach

Algonquin Books, 9781616204785, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

November 2014 Indie Next List

“A massive storm threatening record-breaking snow and frigid temperatures is bearing down on Maine in Roorbach's new novel. Eric, a small-town lawyer, has a chance encounter at a grocery store with a disheveled young woman who has no car and not enough money to pay for her purchases. He's buying food to prepare a gourmet meal for his estranged wife in a hopeless attempt at reconciliation. The woman, Danielle, resists Eric's help but the storm forces them to seek shelter in the remote cabin where she is staying. As the storm worsens, they struggle to survive and slowly learn that neither of them is really who they say -- or think -- they are. A wonderful, harrowing tale of survival and the power of love, truth, loss, and human kindness.”
— Ellen Burns, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT
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"A page-turner, a love story and a vivid drama of man (and woman) against the elements . . . A great read by a wonderful writer." --Newsday

When the "Storm of the Century" threatens western Maine, Eric closes his office early and heads to the grocery store. In line ahead of him, an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman comes up short on cash, so Eric offers her twenty bucks and a ride home. 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 problems of his own, tries to walk away, but finds he can't. Fending off her mistrust of him, he gets her set up with food, water, and firewood, and departs with relief. But when he climbs back to the road, his car is gone, and in desperation he returns to the cabin. As the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to wait it out together.

Deeply moving, frequently funny, The Remedy for Love is a story about the secrets revealed when there is no time or space for anything but the truth.

"A superbly grown-uplove story." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Brilliant . . . A tale that is as gripping as any Everest expedition--and that is also tender and terrifying and funny and, in the end, so true it seems inevitable." --Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars and The Painter

"Roorbach . . . is at the top of his literary game here. He is masterful in inviting readers along, allowing them to slowly get to know these two strangers as they get to know one another." --Portland (Maine) Press Herald

"Snowbound in Maine, two strangers struggle to survive--fighting, flirting, baring secrets. Their sexy, snappy dialogue will keep you racing through." --People

"One of the best novels of this or any year . . . A flat-out funny, sexy, and poignant romantic thriller." --David Abrams, author of Fobbit


Praise For The Remedy for Love

“Snowbound in Maine, two strangers struggle to survive--fighting, flirting, baring secrets. Their sexy, snappy dialogue will keep you racing through.” —People

“A snowstorm hits a small town in Maine, trapping strangers in a cabin: Danielle, who is homeless, and Eric, a lawyer who swoops in to help her. As temps drop, tensions rise and passions flare.” —Good Housekeeping

“[A] superbly grown-up love story . . . Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach, that poet of hopeless tangles.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Part survival tale and part romance . . . Roorbach does well in the limited space, keeping the narrative tight without being claustrophobic . . . There’s more depth to the fierce and mercurial Danielle than meets the eye, which gives [the characters’] interactions spark as the storm rages outside and something even more powerful develops within.” —Booklist

“One of the best novels of this or any year . . . A flat-out funny, sexy, and poignant romantic thriller.” —David Abrams, author of Fobbit
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