This Friday and every Friday for the next couple of months, I will be featuring a book that was published under the Amy Einhorn Books imprint. I am starting with the 2009 books and will spotlight them in alphabetical order.
Kate Ledger's Remedies focuses on the fragile marriage of a modern Baltimore couple. The Publisher's Weekly's starred review calls it: "an impressive portrait of a family in crisis, executed with finesse and assurance."
Here's the publisher's summary:
Simon and Emily Bear look like a couple that has it all. Simon is a respected doctor. His wife, Emily, shines as a partner in a premier public relations firm. But their marriage is scarred by hidden wounds. Even as Simon tends his patients' ills, and Emily spins away her clients' mistakes, they can't seem to do the same for themselves or their relationship.I was immediately attracted to the basic premise of Remedies. I have no firsthand experience with Simon and Emily's loss, but I know people who have. Tragedy and sorrow affect families, couples, and individuals differently, and this is a topic that I find fascinating to explore.
Simon becomes convinced he's discovered a cure for chronic pain, a finding that could become a medical breakthrough, yet he is oblivious to the pain that he causes at home. Emily, struggling to move beyond the devastating loss she and Simon suffered fifteen years earlier, realizes she hasn't felt anything for a long time--that is, until a lover from her past resurfaces and forces her to examine her marriage anew.
In a debut novel on par with today's top women writers, Remedies explores the complicated facets of pain, in the nerves of the body and the longings of the heart. Depicting modern-day marriage with a razor-sharp eye, Remedies is about what it takes, as an individual and as a couple, to recover from profound loss.
I'm also excited about Remedies because Kate Ledger is a Pennsylvania author. That means I plan to feature her as part of the Literary Road Trip project. So look forward to a guest post or interview later in the spring.
Visit Kate Ledger's website to learn more about her and her novel.
This book was featured as part of the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge (click to join the fun). For information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010.
Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, 2009