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The Resource Wickett's remedy : a novel, Myla Goldberg

Wickett's remedy : a novel, Myla Goldberg

Label
Wickett's remedy : a novel
Title
Wickett's remedy
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Myla Goldberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a multidimensional, intricately wrought narrative, Myla Goldberg leads us back to Boston in the early part of the twentieth century and into two completely captivating worlds. One is that of Lydia, an Irish American shopgirl with bigger aspirations than your average young woman from 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. However, soon after their wedding, Henry abruptly quits medical school to create a mail-order patent medicine called Wickett's Remedy, and just as Lydia begins to adjust to her husband's new vocation, the infamous Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 begins its deadly sweep across the world, irrevocably 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, a parallel narrative explores the world of QD Soda, the illegitimate offspring of Wickett's Remedy, stolen away by Henry Wickett's one-time business partner Quentin Driscoll, who goes about transforming it into a soft drink empire. Throughout the novel we hear from a chorus of other voices who offer a running commentary from the book's margins, playing off the ongoing narrative and cleverly illuminating the slippery interplay of perception and memory. Based on years of research and evoking actual events, Wickett's Remedy perfectly captures the texture of the times and brings a colorful cast of characters vividly to life, none more so than Lydia, a heroine as winning and appealing as Eliza, the beloved spelling champion of Bee Season. With dazzling dexterity, Goldberg has fashioned a novel that beautifully combines the intimate and the epic. Wickett's Remedy announces her arrival as a major novelist. Dreaming of a better life, Lydia, an Irish-American shopgirl from South Boston, gets her chance when she marries medical student Henry Wickett, the scion of a Boston family, but her life is turned upside down when Henry quits medical school
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goldberg, Myla
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.O35819
LC item number
W53 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Irish American women
  • Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919
  • Patent medicines
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Widows
Label
Wickett's remedy : a novel, Myla Goldberg
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm60419509
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780385513241
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2005048103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780385513241
System control number
  • 806996
  • (Sirsi) o60419509
Label
Wickett's remedy : a novel, Myla Goldberg
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm60419509
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780385513241
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2005048103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780385513241
System control number
  • 806996
  • (Sirsi) o60419509

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