Wickett's Remedy

Wickett's Remedy➡ [Epub] ➛ Wickett's Remedy By Myla Goldberg ➫ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The triumphant follow up to the bestselling Bee Season Wickett's Remedy is an epic but intimate novel about a young Irish American woman facing down tragedy during the Great Flu epidemic of 1918 Wicke The triumphant follow up to the bestselling Bee Season Wickett's Remedy is an epic but intimate novel about a young Irish American woman facing down tragedy during the Great Flu epidemic of Wickett's Remedy leads us back to Boston in the early part of the th century and into the world of Lydia an Irish American shop girl yearning for a grander world than the cramped confines of 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 Soon after their wedding however Henry shocks Lydia by uitting medical school and creating a mail order patent medicine called Wickett's Remedy And then just as the enterprise is getting off the ground the Spanish Influenza epidemic of begins its deadly sweep across the world drastically 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 we follow the fate of Henry's beloved Wickett's Remedy as his one time business partner steals the recipe and transforms it into D Soda a wildly popular soft drink Based on years of research and evoking actual events Wickett's Remedy perfectly captures the texture of the times and brings a colourful cast of characters vividly to life including a sad and funny chorus of the dead With wit and dexterity Goldberg has fashioned a novel that is both charming and grand Wickett's Remedy announces her arrival as a major novelist South Boston belonged to Lydia as profoundly and wordlessly as her thimble finger Her knowledge of its streets was complete than any atlas her mental maps reflecting changes that occurred from season to season day to day and hour to hour Each time she left D Street one among a row of identical triple decker houses the tenements lining the street like so many stained teeth her route reflected this internal almanac For ten years this was enough Then in fifth grade Lydia saw a city map and realized her entire world was a mitten dangling from Boston's sleeve Across the bridge lay Washington Street the longest street in all New England which began like any other but then continued north a single determined thread of cobblestone that wove itself through every town from Boston to Providence Once Lydia saw Washington Street she knew she could not allow it to exist without her excerpt from Wickett's Remedy. Finished listening to this after a few road trips I enjoyed Bee Season much I think Goldberg bit off than she could chew with this one Her first novel was an intense study of a dysfunctional family and her focus and writing talent really shone Wickett's Remedy tried to be way too many things history social critiue epic experimental combination of fiction and primary sources The effect diluted the main character Lydia and the reader never really knows enough about her to care what happens to her much less the lesser characters In trying to master so many different styles and voices most of the characters come off as either inauthentic or in Lydia's case just bland and prissy She's supposed to have worked hard to transform herself but a few years behind the counter at a department store aren't enough to get a Southie girl with an elementary school education to start saying things like indecorous and sang froid; meanwhile everyone else from her neighborhood speaks in uniform Street Urchin With a Heart of Gold The book's flaws were really highlighted by the irritating book on tape reading though the Greek chorus of dead voices that shows up as marginalia in the novel are unskimmable in audio format and become distracting and intrustive And don't get me started on the cheesy sound effects gah There were passages of beautiful writing especially the early descriptions of Boston and Lydia's internal monologue during her marriage and I actually loved the very end but the center did not hold While I'll look for her next book I hope Goldberg goes back to a Bee Season theme and style This novel tells the story of Lydia who longs to experience of the world than the Southie neighborhood of Boston She gets a job in a department store across the river where she eventually meets and marries Henry Wickett an odd man who has an idea of how to cure people And so Wickett's Remedy is born This is a novel about the Spanish influenza epidemic that hit the United States during the First World War and about a young woman who is determined to do what she can to help care for influenza patients despite her lack of medical training Lydia is a fantastic character to follow as she works to adapt to whatever circumstances she finds herself in and the story is superbly researched Goldberg also plays with the format of the novel adding sidenotes where various characters comment on the events taking place as well as articles vignettes and even a secondary storyline taking place at the end of each chapter Goldberg's writing is very good and the way she plays with structure fits well with the novel as a whole I look forward to reading by her I thought this was absolutely charming The writing was intelligent and had depth yet wasn't too flowery The plot went uietly for a while and then things started to come together at the end I enjoyed hearing the comments of those who had passed as they were fiesty and very human Notice we never heard Lydia's comments I also enjoyed how the historical background made dry facts come alive I wish I could give this book a better review as I wanted to like it But the story was too slow to start the device of having the dead speak to the reader in margin notes was ultimately distracting and did not add to the narrative the interweaved story told of D soda and the meandering of its founder felt forced and the main character remained remote and unknown I liked the book better than the reviewer below I was very interested in the history of the flu epidemic and felt the author did a good job in bringing the period to life I also liked the margin comments by the dead—reminded me of the graveyard scene in Our Town They demonstrated how there are always many sides to a story depending on our perspective They added a bit of humor and a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously I uestion the reviewer’s statement that we never truly know Lydia I felt that I knew her in that I experienced her growth from a girl into a mature woman finding her way through grief and sadness Ultimately the nursing job allowed her to reach beyond herself to help others and to find love again I also liked the way the author juxtaposed her story with the development of D Soda I didn’t like D Soda which was Goldberg’s point I had a very bad cold while reading this book and have to admit that I worried some about my health while reading the passages about the flu From Publishers Weekly The author of the bestselling Bee Season returns with an accomplished but peculiarly tensionless historical novel that follows the shifting fortunes of a young Irish American woman Raised in tough turn of the century South Boston Lydia Kilkenny works as a shopgirl at a fancy downtown department store where she meets shy hypochondriacal medical student Henry Wickett After a brief courtship the two marry Henry down Lydia decidedly up in 1914 Henry uits school to promote his eponymous remedy whose putative healing powers have less to do with the tasty brew that Lydia concocts than with the personal letters that Henry pens to each buyer After failing to pass the army physical as the US enters WWI Henry uickly dramatically dies of influenza and Lydia returns to Southie where she watches friends neighbors and her beloved brother die in the 1918 epidemic A flu study that employs human subjects is being conducted on Boston Harbor's Gallups Island; lonely Lydia signs on as a nurse's assistant and there finds a smidgen of hope and a chance at a happier future A pastiche of other voices deepens her story chapters close with snippets from contemporary newspapers conversations among soldiers and documents revealing the surprising fate of Wickett's Remedy And the dead offer margin commentary—by turns wistful tender and corrective and occasionally annoying Yet as well researched polished and poignant as the book is Goldberg never uite locks in her characters' mindsets and sometimes seems adrift amid period detritus While readers will admire Lydia they may not feel they ever truly know her This book spent a number of years hovering near the top of my reading list but it kept getting bumped by other books until finally I just borrowed it from the library even though I was reading something else For some reason I thought this book would be about Lydia and Henry and the Remedy during the 1918 flu epidemic but not very far into the book it became obvious that the book would not be about that at all At first I was disappointed but the unexpected book was very good engrossing and uite a fast readSome people have found the marginal notes distracting but they're uite easy to deal with after a few pages The chapters distinct yet unnumbered each end with fragmentary content letters news articles undefined conversations; these can make the story seem fragmented but the main narrative remains strictly chronological and uncomplicated These other fragments give historical context or in some cases information that becomes relevant as the reader continuesThere is a lot dreadful withing its covers but the book is not one of despair neither is it graphic The book is about loss and memory and to a lesser or not degree about how small choices carry larger repercussionsI know this book isn't for everyone and yet I can't uite see how that could be true This may be a two and a half stars for me Goldberg can write for sure and she's crafted an interesting evolving young woman in Lydia The details about Southie seem true to me; there are vivid scenes of an immigrant's life and Lydia's crossing to Washington Street where she wears a shirtwaist and works with other girls in a thriving department store The scene of the party on the landing just before her brother leaves for WWI is convincing and lively Also the story of Gallups Island where the government used volunteers in attempts at developing a vaccine for the raging 1918 epidemic well that's a story on it's own and one I was unfamiliar with The problem with this short novel is it attempts to do than it can As others have noted the margin notes don't work They are not all by dead people and after a while I couldn't understand how they added to the narrative so I gave up reading them and stuck with Lydia The whole Wickett's Remedy story line had promise in the beginning this was the age of American hucksterism nostrums and powders but Goldberg killed off Wickett and the continuing plot line with D Soda was as much of a mess and distraction as the marginalia So there I liked the character of Lydia Goldberg's writing and the history I grabbed this because I liked Bee Season well enough and it cost 3 and I had nothing to read I was well rewarded for my 3 gamble One thing that made the book extra resonant with me was that I started reading it just before I got a bad head cold so the whole time I was reading about the Spanish Influenza outbreak I was sick as well It was weird I'm not recommending contracting the flu before you read thoughThis novel isn't structured like most others; Goldberg uses margin notes to correct misremembrances real word? don't know; don't care; you know what i mean of the protagonist The secondary plot is woven in through newspaper articles and other ephemera Part of the enjoyment of reading the book is figuring out where all the secondary information fits in with the main story; it's very satisfying when you get itOne reason I liked Bee Season was the word choice and turn of phrase Goldberg has such a way with and this book retained that uality I was lukewarm for Myla Goldberg's first novel and the same was true for her second It's not that she's bad at writing It's that something about the form of her novels really rubs me the wrong way This one worked well when it was actually being a novel But all the little extra scenes that left the narrative were distracting and didn't add much Also the dead serving as a peanut gallery of sorts always tossing in their two cents on what actually happened similarly falls flat It's a shame because as I said she's not bad at writing Just maybe not at putting novels together Also the audiobook version of this is dreadful Goldberg reads herself and she is just fine during the normalnovel sections But the extra bits are strange the additional readers and voices are strange and all the background noises and music are super annoying I nearly set this book aside because I found one of the main characters profoundly irritating but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did Though I found the marginalia a bit precious at times I appreciated the skill in which Goldberg wove in multiple points of view And I enjoyed the way the lovely story was told in many ways by inference The chapters skip through time and include letters written in the characters' futures So between the story itself the marginal comments and the letters a complete lifetime is told even though the basic narrative covers only a few yearsAnd what a lovely story Love grief family social and ethnic history I read it over two days and it's one of those books that makes you sad at the end because you want to spend time with the characters

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Wickett's Remedy
  • Myla Goldberg
  • English
  • 05 September 2015
  • 9780385661874