Starred Review. Ledger's accomplished debut offers a compelling view of married life through the prism of unacknowledged grief. Baltimore physician Simon Bear is a confident, magnanimous man with an inflated view of himself and his abilities. His wife, Emily, a star public relations executive, handles corporate crises with an ease, but can't find a way to connect with their moody adolescent daughter, Jamie. While the Bears outwardly appear an enviably successful couple, neither Simon nor Emily has ever resolved the tragic and early death of their firstborn. Simon buries himself in work and with all-consuming hobbies (his latest is winemaking). Emily, too, is consumed by work, though she's privately devastated about her shortcomings as a mother and tempted by another man. Jamie, meanwhile, presses her mother's buttons, knowing she can never make up for the loss of the dead brother she never knew. Ledger follows the trajectory from achievement to failure with rare insight, suggesting that it is through Jamie that Simon and Emily can find redemption. An impressive portrait of a family in crisis, executed with finesse and assurance. (Aug.)
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"Beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking. My copy is fat with all of the corners that I folded down on pages that I will want to read again."
"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."
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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