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Remedies Paperback – August 3, 2010
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"This is a taut and elegant book, and an impressive literary debut."
"Kate Ledger explores the margins of science and marriage with a surgeon's precision and a magician's sleight of hand, in prose that is clear, seductive, and sure. A wonderful surprise from an exciting new writer."
-J. Robert Lennon, author of Castle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Simon Bear, who is a (internist) doctor, and his wife, Emily, a (PR) spin-doctor, are successful at their careers. However, their marriage is bleeding out--they suffered a tremendous blow sixteen years ago and still have old, gnawing wounds that prevent the healing process from taking root. Their thirteen year-old-daughter, Jamie, has sullenly retreated from their love and their lives and is also maimed by their psychic torment.
Simon's coping strategies include starting projects or hobbies at full speed ahead and then dropping them cold. In the basement are his abandoned projects, along with the fragments of the pain he shares with Emily. His new enterprise is winemaking, which he plans on doing with Jamie and surprising his wife with when he has the wine bottled. He desires to earn back her attention and respect, but he again becomes sidetracked by his patients--he believes he has stumbled upon the cure for chronic pain.
Meanwhile, Emily feels guilty for not having maternal instincts. She loves Jamie but cannot knock down that wall between them. She is convinced that her daughter hates her and that it is too late for them to forge a bond.Read more ›
Dr. Simon Bear, a respected physician, is driven by his need for acceptance and affirmation. Conceived at a time when unwed mothers were considered "ruined," Simon has been raised by the stepfather who married his mother while she was pregnant. Having never felt a part of his mother and stepfather's close relationship, Simon continues, without success, to seek their approval. Thus, he is unable to remedy his own emotional pain. Failing to obtain his parents' approval, Simon focuses on satisfying his patients' need for relief from physical pain and basks in their adulation. Simon throws himself into his work, deluding himself into the belief that only he understands and empathizes with them. And so, in providing a remedy for his patients' anguish, Simon attempts to provide an alternate remedy for his own pain.
Focusing on his patients' physical pains, Simon is oblivious to his wife's silent anguish. Emily, successful as a partner in a public relations firm, is torn by her unexpressed pain and by the realization that her marriage is a hollow shell. Her pain - hiding her father's psychological illness and subsequent suicide, failing to mourn the death of their infant son Caleb, being emotionally separated from their daughter Jamie - serves as a catalyst for renewing an affair with a former lover.Read more ›
Simon Bear is a well-loved internist who is willing to go to great lengths to alleviate his patients' suffering, operating his respected Baltimore practice from a built-on wing of his magnificent and historic home. His wife, Emily, is a partner in a prestigious PR firm who handles corporate crises with aplomb but cannot handle a crisis that's brewing in her own home: the growing rebelliousness of her 13-year-old daughter, Jamie. Neither of them has been able to successfully navigate the death of Caleb, their first-born infant son; nor can Simon truly connect to his out-of-state parents, who believe he is pushing through all their boundaries.
Through a quirk of fate, Simon stumbles across a trial drug that appears to be the panacea for pain. But he has a new assistant -- someone who is dead-set against experimentation and opiates for the chronically pain-laden patients -- who is setting herself up to be his downfall. (In one of the least convincing passages toward the beginning, Simon kisses her, bringing in the potential of a harassment suit). Simon says, "People shouldn't be forced to suffer. I don't believe they should be told to keep a stiff upper lip, or tough it out. Life is hard enough and long-term pain doesn't do any good for the person who's experiencing it. Ask any doctor, any good doctor, any doctor telling the truth, and they'll admit that opioids work best. They're the gold standard for pain relief.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this book was well-written, I had to make myself plow through to the end. It was a bit heavy on the medical jargon, but the story was a good one - well thought out and very... Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by L. Lowe
Occasionally you come across a book that is deep, beautiful and compelling - but apparently had somehow slipped under the radar. Remedies is such a book. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Linda A. White
This book is extremely well written with characters that stay with you after you finish the last page. It is a book about pain... Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Karen Mixon
I could not put this book down. There were unexpected story lines which kept me guessing and turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Cosima
I read only one book in the year after my son was born and this was it. While I had to skip some parts--I wish I'd known the whole of the plot before Ledger hooked me--I've not yet... Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Mpls reader
The story lines had such potential but the characters, the relationships and the stilted language simply left me cold. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by Vmkd2020
... this book didn't just grab me. I wanted to like it, because I recognize good writing when I see it. But I really didn't like this couple, esp. Simon. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Noneofyourbiz
By all outward appearances, and in their own minds, Simon and Emily Bear lead a happy life. Simon is a successful doctor, beloved by his patients and staff. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Avid Reader
You won't be able to put "Remedies" by Kate Ledger down from the beginning when you find out about Dr. Simon Bear's tragic loss. Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Ron Miller