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Wickett's Remedy

Goldberg, Myla

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ISBN 10: 0385513240 / ISBN 13: 9780385513241
Published by Doubleday, New York, 2005
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated. Signed by the author on the title page: "Myla Goldberg." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95); "Autographed" sticker on front panel. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 001843

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Title: Wickett's Remedy

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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In a multidimensional, intricately wrought narrative, Myla Goldberg leads us back to Boston in the early part of the twentieth century and into two completely captivating worlds. One is that of Lydia, an Irish American shopgirl with bigger aspirations than your average young woman from 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. However, soon after their wedding, Henry abruptly quits medical school to create a mail-order patent medicine called Wickett?s Remedy, and just as Lydia begins to adjust to her husband?s new vocation, the infamous Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 begins its deadly sweep across the world, irrevocably 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, a parallel narrative explores the world of QD Soda, the illegitimate offspring of Wickett?s Remedy, stolen away by Henry Wickett?s one-time business partner Quentin Driscoll, who goes about transforming it into a soft drink empire.

Throughout the novel we hear from a chorus of other voices who offer a running commentary from the book?s margins, playing off the ongoing narrative and cleverly illuminating the slippery interplay of perception and memory. Based on years of research and evoking actual events, Wickett?s Remedy perfectly captures the texture of the times and brings a colorful cast of characters vividly to life?none more so than Lydia, a heroine as winning and appealing as Eliza, the beloved spelling champion of Bee Season.

With dazzling dexterity, Goldberg has fashioned a novel that beautifully combines the intimate and the epic. Wickett?s Remedy announces her arrival as a major novelist.

Book Description:

?With this second voyage out, Goldberg demonstrates her versatility, mixing research with whimsy, sensitivity with humour, satire with romance.?
?The Gazette (Montreal)

?Goldberg displays a fresh, distinctive, totally winning voice.?
?Publishers Weekly

?A rich historical re-creation whose energy and ingenuity evoke memories of EL Doctorow?s classic Ragtime, Stephen Milhauser?s Pulitzer Prize winner Martin Dressler and Thomas McMahon?s forgotten picturesque mini masterpiece McKay?s Bees. A fine novel .... And a quantum leap forward for the gifted Goldberg.?
?Kirkus Reviews (starred)

?An epic story that is sure to become a classic .. Like Bee Season, this sorrowful, humorous and tender novel utterly satisfies. Congratulations to Goldberg on another masterpiece.
?Library Journal (starred)

Praise for Bee Season:
"Bee Season is a profound delight, an amazement, a beauty."
?Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth

"An impressive debut. . . . Goldberg is a gifted writer."
?Kirkus Reviews

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