Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"So settle into your favorite chair with your tea or cocoa and put your feet up. You will be reading this story from start to finish." `Lisa C.

Glad you don’t live in Buffalo? But sort of wishing you were snowed in for a weekend so you could read? Here’s the perfect book for you—The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach (from Algonquin and a finalist for the 2014 Kirkus Prize for fiction). Two strangers, after a chance meeting in a grocery line, end up together in a cabin during the storm of the century in Maine.  
Eric, a defense lawyer, in a last ditch effort to save his marriage even though he knows his wife has moved on, decides to cook a romantic dinner. He needs groceries. While in line he notices a young woman who, in his mind, is clearly homeless, probably unstable, and struggling to pay. He helps her out and offers her a ride back to where she lives. But alone, squatting in a cabin far off the road near the river, Danielle doesn’t want him to help her home. Eric insists and that’s when he sees the rustic cabin with no running water, electricity or heat. He decides to help her whether she wants it or not. She is distrustful of his intentions. A storm comes.                  
In this page turner, the reader isn’t sure about the motivation of either character; it is like watching a weird psychological tennis match with killer-serves delivered by both parties. As several feet of snow falls, there’s an odd world unfolding inside that lonely cabin and it’s hard to step away from the story without finding out how the characters will survive—so, settle into your favorite chair with your tea or cocoa and put your feet up. You'll be reading this story from start to finish.                      
Bill Roorbach is a gifted storyteller. You will find yourself drawn into that cabin and into the character’s troubled lives.
If you're not familiar with Bill Roorbach’s work, he lives in Maine and his novel Life Among Giants has recently been picked up by HBO as a series. Roorbach is working on the script. You won’t regret settling into any book by this writer.

~Lisa C.

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