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Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg
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Jul 03, 09

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Read in July, 2009

I enjoyed the first 120 pages about Lydia and her husband's invention of Wickett's Remedy and was prepared to like the book, but then it completely fell apart. The last 200 pages focused on the Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918, but I was disappointed to learn very little about it from this book. The parallel story of Wickett's business partner QD's success that ended each chapter was not compelling, and the margin notes from "the dead" did not further the main storyline. Most problematic, Lydia was a surprisingly flat and static protagonist. Did she learn anything from her experiences as a nurse's aide during the epidemic? If so, it wasn't apparent to me.
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