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A captivating new voice in women's fiction delves into the haunted past of a physician's seemingly perfect marriage.

Simon and Emily Bear look like a couple that has it all. Simon is a respected doctor. His wife, Emily, shines as a partner in a premier public relations firm. But their marriage is scarred by hidden wounds. Even as Simon tends his patients' ills, and Emily sp...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by Putnam Adult (first published August 7th 2009)
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Kimberley
Aug 09, 2009 Kimberley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kimberley by: ARC copy from Goodreads
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Michelle
Intriguing book with a fantastic plot. The characters are a bit hard to latch onto and I was definitely reading more for the story itself rather than because I cared what happened to the people. They were quite unsympathetic despite the tragedy they experienced. Actually I do think Simon’s lack of likeability works because he is buyable as a megalomaniac so his actions make sense in the context of his character. Anyway, despite characters that you would never want to hang out with, I still loved...more
Laura Goldblum
I loved reading this book and was sad when it was over. The story and characters in Remedies are totally engaging - complex, tragic, funny, unique. Kate Ledger's deep understanding of human nature and incredible story-telling skills are really what makes this book special. This is a fantastic book club choice ... there are so many facets of the book to discuss and analyze as well as many issues that touch on one's own experience. I can't wait to read it again!
Pamela
I could not put this book down! The suspense builds as family tension escalates. Several sub plots weave together in unexpected ways. Unpredictable and well written, I give this book 5 stars and will recommend it to all my friends.
I am looking forward to the next!
Gretchen
I was lucky enough to win an advanced copy of this book from the First Reads program on GoodReads. This is the debut novel for Kate Ledger, and I hope it won't be her last. This story is reminiscent of Ordinary People in it's focus on a family dealing with a personal tragedy. but it adds a modern spin involving two strong career professionals grappling with this challenge.

The first scene in the book arrives with graphic clarity. It might put off some readers, but in those first few pages we get...more
Bonnie Brody
Kate Ledger has written a poignant and painful novel about a marriage that is barren of communication and intimacy, left to wither after the death of a six-week old infant named Caleb. Simon and Emily Bear initially married with hopefulness and love, though Emily was as much drawn to the marriage by the potential of Simon's future success as she was by his being her one and only. Together they have a child. When their child dies, so does their marriage.

Simon is a physician in general practice by...more
Paula Margulies
A well-written and compelling debut novel about a physician who deludes himself into thinking that his egotistical desire to discover a cure for pain is driven by his love for his patients. The doctor's wife, a public relations exec, has an affair with a former lover as a way of dealing with her floundering marriage and the loss of a first child. The couple's second child, an unhappy and unlovable teen, brings the situation to a crisis. There is quite a bit of detail about the husband's medical...more
Kathleen Crowell
okay so this was not an uplifting book, but it was so well written and the characters were so interesting. I can't say any of them were really likeable, but it felt like their histories were really the reason for who they were and they deserved a pass. This was definitely a well-thought-out story.
Nina
An in-depth, intricate look at a troubled marriage. I loved the detailed characterization and the twists and turns of the plot. I'd recommend it for sure!
Linda Morganstein
Great book so far!
Jessica

This was a hard one to review and I wish I could have given it 3.5 stars. I wanted to love this book--the author's children go to preschool with my sons and she seems like a nice person--but in the end I liked it.

The story follows the Simon and Emily Bear, a married couple with a teenage daughter. Before their daughter was born, they had a son who died when he was six weeks old and they never dealt with the pain of that loss. Simon is a doctor obsessed with healing his patients' pain and I found...more
Lorri
The novel, Remedies, by Kate Ledger, is a very in depth and intense read on the subject of chronic pain.


Chronic pain in all of its forms is explored within the pages and within the lives of Simon Bear, a much loved and respected physician; Emily Bear, Simon’s wife; and their daughter, Jamie. The Bears are suffering from deep scars over the loss of their infant son, Caleb, fifteen years earlier. That tragic loss has caused them to block out their emotional pain, chronic pain that lingers deep wit...more
Stacie
I received this book as an ARC from Penguin Books. This is Kate Ledger's first novel and the book hits stores today, August 20, 2009.
Although this was a little slow in the beginning, it did become hard to put down towards the end of the book. Rather than chapters, the author used 5 Parts to divide the story, jumping between Simon and Emily's character as the story was told. As a reader, I like to have little breaks in the story, where if I need to put it down, I know I can finish a chapter in a...more
Aksana
This is not a book of many events and actions, but it is about relationships and how they can be ruined by people not being themselves and not showing their true selves. It was a slower read, but it became more gripping in the middle when the wife (Emily) shared the story of her infant son's death. It was such an emotionally devastating event to Emily and Simon. It was interesting to read about the dynamics of the Bear family and how each one of them avoids each other and refuses to invest into...more
Mary
This is a striking picture of a marriage gone very wrong, nominally stemming from the death of an infant child fifteen years before. However,there is a strong sense that the marriage would be just as off-track even if the child had lived a normal life. I don't much like one of the main characters, Emily, who is not particularly sympathetic, but I wholly dislike the other, her husband Simon,a doctor who envisions himself as his patients' hero. What an ego - how self-important, self-centered, and...more
Kathy
I could not put this book down. The characters were so well drawn, they drew me in. As much as I wanted to dislike them for their self centered obnoxiousness, the author lead me to see the pain beneath their pretenses and feel compassion for them. Simon, the doctor, adores his wife and wants to get her attention and impress her. He craves love and approval from everyone around him. He wants to help wherever he can. We see that his parents have raised him with indifference because they were caugh...more
Pat
This novel presents a couple that, from the outside, ostensibly lead a charmed life. Simon is a physician with a thriving practice and Emily is a successful businesswoman; however, their relationship was irrevocably damaged by a tragic incident early in their marriage. Their only child is lonely and unparented. When Simon seems to find a cure for chronic pain, he becomes obsessed with its promotion while Emily pursues a relationship with a former lover under the guise of business obligations.

Wha...more
Leah (packfan20)
This was a Goodreads Giveaway win.

I dislike books that 1) Have lengthly descriptions of meaningless things and 2) Throw around big words and long narrations about topics that a normal person does not know/care about. This book did both of these things in the first few pages (Description about eating an apple on page 7 and narrative of medical terms on page 24). That almost immediately turned me off (not to mention the somewhate graphic first two pages which seemed completely unnecessary). It see...more
Jen
I also received this as an Advanced Copy and for the most part I enjoyed it. Getting into the book was a bit slow, but once I got into it I really wanted to know how their crisis was going to be resolved. I found both of the main characters to be very believable and, although, flawed, selfish and sometimes stupid, forgivable.

Simon, or Dr. Bear, has a successful physician's practice in Baltimore. He claims to work "only for the patients", but his wife suspects that he works so hard to prove himse...more
Diane
I was lucky to receive an Advance Reader's Copy of this book and I really liked it. Emily Bear is an executive with a public relations firm, who is very involved with her new lover, Will. Her husband, Simon, thinks that he has discovered a miracle medicine that would cure all pains, and he begins using it on his patients without the research that such a drug would normally go through. Their teenage daughter, Jamie, is struggling to find herself and in need of attention. Unfortunately, both of he...more
Yukari
The best thing about Kate Ledger’s Remedies is masterful character development. Especially a pathetically self-righteous, self-congratulatory doctor who needs constant reassurance of his self-worth from everyone around him. It’s really hard to like anyone in this book including his wife and his daughter, but it didn’t bother me at all. It was very interesting to read how these characters think and act. Totally believable. That’s the beauty of Ledger’s skillful writing. She has a true talent not...more
Linda
Just had a great book club visit from Kate Ledger to discuss her book. I read this twice, and it just grew more multi-faceted. So many layers, so many nuances. Remedies discusses healing on many levels - from physical, emotional pain - families, over generations and the pain we keep inside and the pain we share, as well as that pain which wears us down physically and grinds our life away. Fascinating descriptions of the medical issues of pain, discovery, medication, etc. Lovely, almost poetic de...more
Terri
I thought this was a good story sad thou. the characters were very unhappy. There was such a lack of communcation between them all. I do feel that things will be better for them now. i enjoyed it and would recomend anyone to read it.
Julie
Remedies is the story of a complicated marriage told through the eyes of Simon and Emily Bear. On the outside, the Bears appear as a happily married couple though in reality they are struggling to overcome the grief of losing their son fifteen years ago. As a way of coping with their grief, Simon devotes his attention to finding a cure for chronic pain while Emily turns away from her husband and daughter. Eventually, the couple is forced to evaluate their relationship and the choices they have m...more
Katie
I really wanted to love this book. However, I just couldn't like the characters, they were all so fake to me. The middle part of this book is so good it makes the first half and the last half so boring! And the end!! Is there going to be more to the story? It just cut off. I want to know what happens! The chapters were too long, spending too much time on one person and then switching us back to the other after such a long time. Overall, I loved the middle of this book, but the rest was just okay...more
Sue Tincher
This book is about a doctor husband and high-powered public relations exec wife who are haunted by the loss of a baby years ago. It has a lot of thought-provoking scenarios about the nature of pain. It is hard not to like the doctor, despite all his bungled moves. It is less easy to like the wife, and we never get to see much of the good side of the troubled teenage daughter. And the ending really peters--much is unresolved. But, for the bulk of the book, it was a very good read.
Kathleen
Here's the funny thing: I picked the hardcover edition up at Big Lots for $.50 (really) and realized after I started reading it that I had already read it. I think I checked it out of the library a couple of years ago. So, was it just not memorable or is my aging brain forgetting huge chunks of time spent? Anyway, I decided I am going to reread to answer that question, even if I just skim the thing. Will revisit a review later, stay tuned!
Elizabeth
I liked this book, although at times it moved slowly. The main character reminds me of Wakefield--Doctorow's version.
Judy
This is the last of the 4 books I picked up at the library. Even though I was just perusing the shelves, all four books had the same recurring theme. Broken marriage/divorce.

This book was the most realistic of the four. Kate really "got" the marriage that doesn't work, is "broken". To me, the characters were real, the problems were understandable and the solutions were normal.
Marjanne
This was an interesting story. I liked that the author switched off and on the narration on each chapter, giving each spouse the chance to show the story from their perspective. The parts about their first child were heartbreaking (probably especially so since I have a young child, who happened to have a cold while I was reading this). Parts of it seemed predictable, but not overly so.
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