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The Remedy by Adam Haslett
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bookshelves: 2018-release, read-on-kindle, short-stories, contemporary, ghosts-and-horror

Our narrator, Derrick, has been suffering for years from an unspecified – possibly unidentifiable – condition that causes him both acute pain and psychological distress. When a friend recommends the treatment offered by Dr. Lang at the 'Remedium Corporation', Derrick is intrigued – especially as the friend (who remains unnamed) is noticeably changed, clearly better, yet seems unable to describe what the treatment involves. Derrick's family are wealthy, so he's able to afford Lang's astronomical prices, and he checks in for his first session with no idea of what to expect. He is disconcerted when she asks him to simply 'describe your experience of your condition as a whole'.

This story hovers somewhere between sci-fi and horror, but a very soft version of both. In the most effective scenes, Haslett beautifully describes the powerful nostalgia that can be evoked when something – a song, a glimpse of someone's face, the light falling in a certain way – awakens a long-buried memory. The story builds to a dramatic climax which feels both surprising and, as Lang tells Derrick, inevitable.

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Reading Progress

September 30, 2018 – Started Reading
September 30, 2018 – Shelved
September 30, 2018 – Finished Reading

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