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Title:
The remedy for love
Author:
Roorbach, Bill.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Physical Description:
311 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
They're calling for the "Storm of the Century, " and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart--twenty bucks and a ride home; that's the least he can do. Trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles--and secrets--of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can't. She'll need food, water, and firewood, and that's just to get her through the storm: there's a whole long winter ahead. Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but--winds howling, snow mounting--he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle's terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9781616203313
Format :
Book

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"A page-turner, a love story and a vivid drama of man (and woman) against the elements . . . A great read by a wonderful writer." -- Newsday

When the "Storm of the Century" threatens western Maine, Eric closes his office early and heads to the grocery store. In line ahead of him, an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman comes up short on cash, so Eric offers her twenty bucks and a ride home. Trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with problems of his own, tries to walk away, but finds he can't. Fending off her mistrust of him, he gets her set up with food, water, and firewood, and departs with relief. But when he climbs back to the road, his car is gone, and in desperation he returns to the cabin. As the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to wait it out together.

Deeply moving, frequently funny, The Remedy for Love is a story about the secrets revealed when there is no time or space for anything but the truth.

"A superbly grown-uplove story." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Brilliant . . . A tale that is as gripping as any Everest expedition--and that is also tender and terrifying and funny and, in the end, so true it seems inevitable." --Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars and The Painter

"Roorbach . . . is at the top of his literary game here. He is masterful in inviting readers along, allowing them to slowly get to know these two strangers as they get to know one another." -- Portland (Maine) Press Herald

"Snowbound in Maine, two strangers struggle to survive--fighting, flirting, baring secrets. Their sexy, snappy dialogue will keep you racing through." -- People

"One of the best novels of this or any year . . . A flat-out funny, sexy, and poignant romantic thriller." --David Abrams, author of Fobbit


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Booklist Review

In his latest novel, the author of Life among Giants (2012) moves to a smaller scale a snowed-in Maine cabin where two strangers are stranded. Small-town attorney Eric noticed the slovenly Danielle in the checkout line, unable to afford her paltry groceries. His initial offer to help her home turns into assistance to prepare for the coming storm, which eventually leaves him marooned as well. While Eric's intentions are a bit muddled as Danielle notes, his persistence in forcing his help upon her is creepy being stuck together forces them to confront their pasts. Its lofty, Thoreau-based title aside, the novel spins a straightforward yarn that's part survival tale and part romance, complete with surreptitious glances and half-articulated desires. Roorbach does well in the limited space, keeping the narrative tight without being claustrophobic. While Eric is largely predictable, there's more depth to the fierce and mercurial Danielle than meets the eye, which gives their interactions spark as the storm rages outside and something even more powerful develops within.--Thoreson, Bridget Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Roorbachs latest (after Life Among Giants) begins on the eve of the first big snowstorm of the season in the woods of Maine, with smalltown defense lawyer Eric waiting in line behind a raggedly dressed, strikingly thin young woman with matted hair who is counting change to pay for her paltry pile of groceries. Eric feels something rumbling inside him, impelling him to act. Spotting her struggling with bags in the parking lot, he offers her a lift, and this act of kindness feels so good-and alien-to him after a particularly bad year that he turns up unbidden at the door of the small riverside cabin in which shes squatting, convinced that she is now his responsibility. This view is not shared by Danielle, for now, as she warily introduces herself. Predictably, they are trapped by the storm, woefully underprepared, and forced to weather it together. Danielles careening and unpredictable personality seems an odd fit for Erics mellow character. Roorbach does little to subvert the classic male rescue fantasy. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

As the snowstorm of the century approaches, Eric, a small-town Maine lawyer in a messy separation from his wife, gives in to a charitable impulse to help Danielle, a young and basically homeless woman he meets in line at the grocery store. He helps pay for the groceries, then offers her a ride. Danielle asks to be dropped off on the highway just outside of town. Eric again takes pity on her, helping bring the groceries down a steep hill to a cabin on the river and getting more firewood. Danielle is suspicious and hostile, threatening retaliation from her army ranger husband. Eric leaves but finds his car has been towed with his phone inside and returns to the cabin. As the storm rages and the danger increases, Eric and Danielle must find ways to reach each other in order to survive. VERDICT A gripping tale spun out of somewhat unlikely circumstances, Roorbach's third novel (after 2012's Life Among Giants) is highly readable, suspenseful, and well written. While infused with the flavor of rural Maine, the story transcends place and stereotypes and gets at the core of human love and grief. Recommended for all readers of contemporary fiction.-Nancy H. Fontaine, Norwich P.L., VT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.