Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Salon: Remedies by Kate Ledger

Title: Remedies
Author: Kate Ledger
ISBN: 9780425234488
Publisher: Berkeley Books/2010
Pages: 384

After a LONG time, I finished a novel. And it feels good.

Remedies is set in Baltimore, where Simon Bears is practicing Doctor and his wife Emily is a partner in a Public Relations firm. They have a 13-year-old daughter, Jamie.  On the surface everything seems to be going great for them. However, time has stood still for them since they lost their infant son 15 years ago. They are in a mode of denial about their relationship. And Jamie too is living under the shadow of her dead sibling, Caleb.

Simon Bears treats Chronic patients by trying to relieve their pain. Then he stumbles upon something which seems to be working for relieving the persistent pain. He knows it is a major breakthrough. He also pursues unusual interests. Emily is totally dissatisfied with her life and when she meets an old lover, she knows she wants out. Jamie deals with her pain in her own way. Each one them seem to be unaware of the other's problems. 

Remedies speaks about pain. Of the body, the heart and the mind. And can one or all of it be cured? Kate Ledger has tackled that very well. The dilemma a modern couple goes through. Or they way they are unable to communicate with each other. And also that, it spills over to their daughter. 

Kate has tried to deal with these issues but somehow Simon and Emily seem out of the reader's reach. And Emily's relationship with Jamie, was something, I could connect with. No mother leaves her own child to her own devices the Emily does. Yet I will say, Kate Ledger knows that a broken marriage can't be resolved that easily. Not unless both make an effort. Despite some hiccups, she writes well. I will look out for her next novel.  


bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to see the writing is solid in this book. I'm intrigued enough to pick it up.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I like the plot. A doctor who can stop the pain in his patients, but not his own wife.

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Wendy said...

Sounds like an interesting premise for a book.

Hillary said...

It sounds like a book I enjoy. I will put it on my wish list.

Erin said...

Congrats on finishing a novel! Remedies sounds interesting. I've not heard of it before.

Yvonne said...

This sounds like a really good book. I'm going to add it to my wish list.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Remedies sounds like a good on. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.