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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Myla Goldberg Narrator: David Aaron Baker, Ilyana Kadushin, Myla Goldberg, Chris Burns Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The triumphant follow-up to the bestselling Bee SeasonWickett's Remedy is an epic but intimate novel about a young Irish-American woman facing down tragedy during the Great Flu epidemic of 1918.

Wickett's Remedy leads us back to Boston in the early part of the 20th 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 quitting 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 1918 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 QD 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."

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Quotes & Awards

  • With this second voyage out, Goldberg demonstrates her versatility, mixing research with whimsy, sensitivity with humour, satire with romance. The Gazette (Montreal)
  • Goldberg displays a fresh, distinctive, totally winning voice. Publishers Weekly
  • A rich historical re-creation whose energy and ingenuity evoke memories of EL Doctorow’s classic Ragtime, Stephen Milhauser’s Pulitzer Prize winner Martin Dressler and Thomas McMahon’s forgotten picturesque mini masterpiece McKay’s Bees. A fine novel …. And a quantum leap forward for the gifted Goldberg. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • An epic story that is sure to become a classic .. Like Bee Season, this sorrowful, humorous and tender novel utterly satisfies. Congratulations to Goldberg on another masterpiece.
    Library Journal (starred)
  • Bee Season is a profound delight, an amazement, a beauty. Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth
  • An impressive debut. . . . Goldberg is a gifted writer. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cye | 2/3/2014

    " master wordsmith returns with some new tricks, which i thought were rad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda | 1/29/2014

    " I loved this book. Goldberg's exploration of memory and its faults is incredibly charming, funny, and even starkly disturbing. The historical aspects were intriging and the inclusion of so much information on the 1919 flu epidemic was enlightening. Lydia was the ideal heroine for me. She grew as a woman and as a human being. I missed her once I had finished the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lauren | 1/27/2014

    " Bee Season was much much better...this book could play out cool as a theater production but as a novel it was a bit choppy and hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tammy | 1/18/2014

    " Sad. Really enjoyed the story, though!!! I loved all the side notes and the two parts of the stories! "

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