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The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
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Jul 18, 12

Read in July, 2012

An interesting literary first novel, this is the quest of a daughter to find her missing father in the 14th century. Both are physicians, and one learns much about the illnesses, treatment, and myths of diseases and their causes. Superstition reigns supreme. The story is simple, but the daughter's journey throughout the region searching for her father is not. A woman riding mules and camels with only servants as companions is not always safe, and sometimes she must disguise herself as a man as she travels from village to village, each with its own history and culture that must be learned anew. O'Melveny is an accomplished writer and we'll be seeing more from her.
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