12 March 2010

Featuring . . . Remedies by Kate Ledger

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.

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 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.

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.

Remedies at Powell's
Remedies at Amazon
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Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780399155895


Julie P. 3/12/10, 8:40 AM  

I am enjoying this feature. It's helping me line up my Amy Einhorn books for the challenge. This wasn't even on my radar, but it sounds like one I'd really like!

bermudaonion 3/12/10, 8:53 AM  

This sounds like another good one!

Nise' 3/12/10, 9:20 AM  

You are so right that tragedy and sorrow have a wide-ranging affect. I see this in my job and in my own life. Thankfully, the stillbirth (23 yrs. ago) of our full-term son brought my husband and I closer. I like to explore these stories as well.

Margot at Joyfully Retired 3/12/10, 12:47 PM  

I'm enjoying this Friday feature and find it a great motivator for the challenge. This one looks as if it will be rough on my emotions but I'm going to go there anyway.

Kay 3/12/10, 1:51 PM  

Thank you, Beth, for telling about this book. I had not heard of it and it sounds promising. I'll put it on my wishlist.

Sandy Nawrot 3/12/10, 11:44 PM  

I think I've wanted to read every one of these books. A. E. is so challenge-worthy!

Booksnyc 3/14/10, 12:32 AM  

This book sounds interesting- thanks for spotlighting it. I will add it to my TBR!

Anonymous,  9/14/11, 1:47 PM  

Remedies sounds like a perfect read for me

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