[Read] ➪ Wicketts Remedy By Myla Goldberg – Ivogue.co.uk

Wicketts Remedy Wicketts Remedy Free Author Myla Goldberg Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The Triumphant Follow Up To The Bestselling Bee Season, Wickett S Remedy Is An Epic But Intimate Novel About A Young Irish American Woman Facing Down Tragedy During The Great Flu Epidemic Of 1918 Wickett S Remedy Leads Us Back To Boston In The Early Part Of The 20th Century And Into The World Of Lydia, An Irish American Shop Girl Yearning For A Grander World Than The Cramped Confines Of South Boston She Seems To Be Well On Her Way To The Life She Has Dreamed Of When She Marries Henry Wickett, A Shy Medical Student And The Scion Of A Boston Brahmin Family Soon After Their Wedding, However, Henry Shocks Lydia By Quitting Medical School And Creating A Mail Order Patent Medicine Called Wickett S Remedy And Then Just As The Enterprise Is Getting Off The Ground, The Spanish Influenza Epidemic Of 1918 Begins Its Deadly Sweep Across The World, Drastically Changing Their Lives In A World Turned Almost Unrecognizable By Swift And Sudden Tragedy, Lydia Finds Herself Working As A Nurse In An Experimental Ward Dedicated To Understanding The Raging Epidemic Through The Use Of Human Subjects Meanwhile, We Follow The Fate Of Henry S Beloved Wickett S Remedy As His One Time Business Partner Steals The Recipe And Transforms It Into QD Soda, A Wildly Popular Soft Drink Based On Years Of Research And Evoking Actual Events, Wickett S Remedy Perfectly Captures The Texture Of The Times And Brings A Colourful Cast Of Characters Vividly To Life, Including A Sad And Funny Chorus Of The Dead With Wit And Dexterity, Goldberg Has Fashioned A Novel That Is Both Charming And Grand Wickett S Remedy Announces Her Arrival As A Major Novelist South Boston Belonged To Lydia As Profoundly And Wordlessly As Her Thimble Finger Her Knowledge Of Its Streets Was Complete Than Any Atlas, Her Mental Maps Reflecting Changes That Occurred From Season To Season, Day To Day, And Hour To Hour Each Time She Left 28 D Street One Among A Row Of Identical Triple Decker Houses, The Tenements Lining The Street Like So Many Stained Teeth Her Route Reflected This Internal Almanac For Ten Years This Was Enough Then In Fifth Grade, Lydia Saw A City Map And Realized Her Entire World Was A Mitten Dangling From Boston S Sleeve Across The Bridge Lay Washington Street The Longest Street In All New England Which Began Like Any Other But Then Continued North, A Single Determined Thread Of Cobblestone That Wove Itself Through Every Town From Boston To Providence Once Lydia Saw Washington Street She Knew She Could Not Allow It To Exist Without Her Excerpt From Wickett S Remedy


10 thoughts on “Wicketts Remedy

  1. says:

    Finished listening to this after a few road trips I enjoyed Bee Season muchI think Goldberg bit offthan she could chew with this one Her first novel was an intense study of a dysfunctional family, and her focus and writing talent really shone Wickett s Remedy tried to be way too many things history, social critique, epic, experimental combination of fiction and primary sources The effect diluted the main character, Lydia, and the reader never really knows enough about her t Finished listening to this after a few road trips I enjoyed Bee...


  2. says:

    I thought this was absolutely charming The writing was intelligent and had depth, yet wasn t too flowery The plot went quietly for a while, and then things started to come together at the end I enjoyed hearing the comments of those who had passed, as...


  3. says:

    I wish I could give this book a better review, as I wanted to like it But the story was too slow to start, the device of having the dead speak to the reader in margin notes was ultimately distracting and...


  4. says:

    I liked the book better than the reviewer below I was very interested in the history of the flu epidemic and felt the author did a good job in bringing the period to life I also liked the margin comments by the dead reminded me of the graveyard scene in Our Town They demonstrated how there are always many sides to a story, depending on our perspective They added a bit of humor and a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously I question the reviewer s statement t...


  5. says:

    This book spent a number of years hovering near the top of my reading list, but it kept getting bumped by other books until finally I just borrowed it from the library even though I was reading something else For some reason, I thought this book would be about Lydia and Henry and the Remedy during the 1918 flu epidemic, but not very far into the book it became obvious that the book would not be about that at all At first, I was disappointed, but the unexpected book was very good, engrossing, a This book spent a number of years hovering near the top of my reading list, but it kept getting bumped by other books until finally I just borrowed it from the library even though...


  6. says:

    I grabbed this because I liked Bee Season well enough and it cost 3 and I had nothing to read I was well rewarded for my 3 gamble One thing that made the book extra resonant with me was that I started reading it just before I got a bad head cold, so the whole time I was reading about the Spanish Influenza outbreak, I was sick as well It was weird I m not recommending contracting...


  7. says:

    I wanted to read this book to learnabout the 1918 1919 flu epidemic While I did learnabout the epidemic, I was not happy with the style of writing I found the anecdotes written in the margins of each page disrupted the flow of the story I finally stopped reading them There were letters written throughout the book but it took me a long time to figure out who was ac...


  8. says:

    I was lukewarm for Myla Goldberg s first novel and the same was true for her second It s not that she s bad at writing It s that something about the form of her novels really rubs me the wrong way This one worked well when it was actually being a novel But all the little extra scenes that left the narrative were distracting and didn t add much Also the dead serving as a peanut gallery of sor...


  9. says:

    I nearly set this book aside because I found one of the main characters profoundly irritating but I stuck with it, and I m so glad I did Though I found the marginalia a bit precious at times, I appreciated the skill in which Goldberg wove in multiple points of view And I enjoyed the way the lovely story was told, in many ways, by inference The chapters skip through time, and include letters written in the characters futures So between the story itself, the marginal comments, and the letters I nearly set this book aside because I found one of the main characters profoundly irritating but I stuck with it, and I m so glad I did Though I found the marginalia a bit precious at times, I appreciated the skill in which Goldberg wove in multiple points of view And I enjoyed the way the lovely story was told, in many ways, by inference T...


  10. says:

    I listened to this on audio Myla Goldberg I think you might have the most annoying voice in the world The actual story was good but I couldn t like the character very much because of her prissy little voice The weird stuff in the middle...


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