Alternative Remedies for Loss

Alternative Remedies for Loss

by Joanna Cantor

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ISBN-13: 9781635571714
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,202,518
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joanna Cantor holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She was awarded a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog.

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Alternative Remedies for Loss 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
When Olivia’s mother dies, Olivia is cast adrift, unmoored from the life she lived before. Struggling to find her way in a world without her mother, Olivia begins a journey that will take her across the world and just maybe help her figure out who she wants to be. Alternative Remedies for Loss is an interesting mix between a coming of age story and chick lit. Olivia’s actions sometimes felt a bit too over the top, crafted particularly to give the impression that she was lost. However, her exploits were entertaining to read about, although they were sometimes a bit cringe-worthy. The writing style made it easy to fly through the book. I did feel a bit distant from the characters though, which diminished the emotional impact of some parts of the story. Olivia was an interesting character. At times, I found her to be very relatable. At other times, I found her pretty annoying. Over the course of the book, her character growth was interesting to watch. While I liked most of the secondary characters, they didn’t quite have the depth I wanted them to have. For family-oriented stories, I want to connect to all the family members and feel like I understand who they are and their dynamics. Since the reader is only able to view them from Olivia’s perspective, they felt a bit one-dimensional. I think that Alternative Remedies for Loss would make a great book club pick. There’s a lot in this book that would stimulate good discussions (and give you wanderlust!) *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a promising premise! Olivia Harris is entering her final semester of college when her mother is diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Within months, her mother dies. Olivia comes unglued, no longer the center of anyone's universe, least of all her own. Will she find a way to live with loss and move on with her own life? I sure hope so, but I won't know for sure because I had to put aside the miserable slog through Olivia's misery. The writing sings, particularly in the first few pages which hooked me utterly with elegant, swift descriptions of India and promising, near poetic prose. I'm placing my money on the most unlucky savior/companion for Olivia' emerging, the hapless and bright June, her father's new girlfriend. That would make for the most satisfying resolution, but, as I said, I'll never know for sure. There was no character to connect with, to be interested enough in to keep going; Olivia does not strike me as curious, interesting, promising in the least, a lost little princess whining and whinging her way through the world. Promising writer, interesting concept, lackluster result.