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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: September 2005 ISBN: 9780739322338
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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 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 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 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 Tammy | 1/18/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avocados | 1/15/2014

    " I wanted to love this book, but the multiple voices and the subject matter left me feeling ho-hum. At least it was short. There were good moments, but overall the book did not sing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kate | 1/9/2014

    " I loved the way this book was written with the side comments. I also love anyting about the influenza pandemic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/8/2014

    " Great overview of the 1918 influenza epidemic, interwoven with story of a patent medicine/soda pop business. . . . Good characters, compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/7/2014

    " I really just wish that it had less ambiguous endings. I liked the format of this book - it had "notes" in the margins of the pages from a collective "us". Seemingly, the collective memories and opinions of those who have "passed". A good book to read when you have the flu. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/3/2014

    " A quick book to read. Creative format. Same girl who wrote Bee Season, I think. Good for Moms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 12/21/2013

    " I had a hard time getting used to the format of this book at first, but after a while I was okay with it. I liked the history in this book, and the setting came through perfectly. I loved the characters, and I was sad to have the story end! I would like to read more fiction from that time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 12/20/2013

    " Strange story, a strange ending. But not too bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 12/10/2013

    " This book seemed captivating (since I'd read from the author before) but I had to return it back to the library and it didn't seem worthy of renewing... Still, I can't say that it was horrible since I didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 2/15/2013

    " Average writing and story, but fun to read. I especially enjoyed the bits of "ephemera" at the end of each chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/14/2013

    " Read two of her books - not sure what the appeal is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 9/27/2012

    " The book on tape that just wouldn't die...maybe I would have liked it more if I had read not listened to it. I can still hear the little ding-ding-ding echo of each interlude. It did finally get interesting with the influenza outbreak - I like historical fiction and epidemeology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. G | 7/8/2012

    " Great topic not as great read. But good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renata | 6/20/2012

    " Really well-crafted and clever. Plus who doesn't love a good read about the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 5/14/2012

    " The story of a woman whose husband dies in the great 1918 (?) flu epidemic. Pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susannah | 1/20/2012

    " Totally random book. Readable, but the topic is SO esoteric and the story doesn't really go anywhere... you keep wondering what the point is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/6/2012

    " This book was mildly interesting. It focused on the flu epidemic of 1918. Some of the history was definitely interesting but the stories were not really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 12/24/2011

    " It took me about a third of the way into it before I figured out what the flash forwards were about. After that I wished I could go back and re-read parts. It was good and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/30/2011

    " I liked this historical novel about the 1918 flu epidemic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 3/31/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/4/2011

    " arggh! agree with the good and bad reviews of this book!! finished though!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 11/11/2010

    " Poor showing for a second novel... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 8/15/2010

    " The best book I've ever read about a flu epidemic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/10/2010

    " What an odd book. The main story was really quite good. The period newspaper pieces helped set the scene. The odd inputs from obscure characters were annoying. I have enough trouble reading a book without undue interuptions without the author constantly interupting the flow of her own story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 7/16/2010

    " I was kinda into the story line about the main character and her husband Wickett, but then the author was doing this cutesy thing where each chapter was interspliced with these faux old-timey ads for rootbeer or something and it was just boring. I LOVED Bee Season, so this was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dori | 6/8/2010

    " Utterly different from Bee Season, but almost as weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 5/16/2010

    " Disappointing. I couldn't get into any of the characters in this novel and the "ending" was very unsatisfying. Very unlike Bee Season, which I loved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 5/15/2010

    " This is a multi-dimensional, intricately woven book. A little odd and strange, but I enjoyed it and learned some interesting historical happenings surrounding the early twentieth century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 4/26/2010

    " I wasn't sure I would enjoy this one as much as I did. It is a trip back in time during the Spanish influenza outbreak. The things that were done to make medical history...wow! "

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About the Author
Author Myla GoldbergMyla Goldberg is the author of several books, including The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and the bestselling, critically acclaimed Bee Season, which was widely translated and adapted to film. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
About the Narrators

David Aaron Baker is a voice and film actor and award-winning narrator. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.

Ilyana Kadushin was born in Miami and raised in the rural cornfields of Maryland. She attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York City and has performed in many theater productions. Kadushin wrote and performed a one woman multimedia musical called Devour the Apple.