Wickett's Remedy

Wickett's Remedy

by Myla Goldberg
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Wickett's Remedy 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
bookaddictNC More than 1 year ago
Wickett's Remedy is one of the odder books I have read. In the midst of the story, which is quite good, the author interupts herself with asides from minor characters (or unknown characters!), odd advertisements from an imaginary beverage company, and bizzaar time-period vignettes. I cannot say it does not work; I am just not sure it is for me. I tend to be a bit more linear. I have to hand it to Myla Goldberg, Wickett's remedy is unlike any of the thousand plus books I previously read. Therefore, it deserves a reading on originality alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting but I felt it lacked a satisfactory ending, it just seemed to taper off at the end. I was engaged through the book and I learned a lot about the feel of the time and the terror of the epidemic. I also liked the comments of the ghosts that were in the margins of the books--that is what intrigued me when I heard the interview on NPR. I'm glad I read the book, but the lack of a solid ending is disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked Bee Season, you should try this book. I went to see Myla Goldberg speak in Atlanta at Agnes Scott College and I was so amused and impressed by her speech that I bought Wickett's Remedy immediately. She was very honest about the difficulties of publishing a second book, after the success of a previous book. She takes risks in this book and she acknowledges that some readers may not like what she has done but her approach is intriguing. I enjoyed the book but I would rather read a writer who challenges herself to reach new heights than a writer who plays it safe by cranking out the same formulaic drivel. Keep writing Myla, my daughter and I will keep reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Myla Goldberg interviewed on NPR and decided to give this a try. I love period pieces and this one really captured the essence of the 1918 flu epidemic. The only downside: several plotlines going on at once. Consequently she had a hard time finding closure to all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was impossible for me to put down. I usually don't like this sort of historical, emtional books, but Goldberg really makes Lydia's life relatable. Lydia immidiately sucks you into her emotional rollercoaster of a life. In the margins of the book you also get to see the imput from the vioces of the dead. These notes are often really funny. The history of Boston was also surprisingly interesting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was impossible for me to put down. I usually don't like this sort of historical, emtional books, but Goldberg really makes Lydia's life relatable. Lydia immidiately sucks you into her emotional rollercoaster of a life. In the margins of the book you also get to see the imput from the vioces of the dead. These notes are often really funny. The history of Boston was also surprisingly interesting.