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 finalist for the 2014 Kirkus prize for fiction). Two strangers meet by chance in a grocery line, and end up together in a cabin during the storm of the century in Maine.
Eric – a defense lawyer who is trying in a last ditch effort to save his marriage, even though 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 and offers her a ride back to where she lives.
Danielle – is alone, squatting in a cabin far off the road and near the river. She 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 him to or not. She is distrustful of his intentions.
The 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 and is measured in feet, there’s an odd world in that lonely cabin unfolding and it’s hard to step back 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 will 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 characters’ troubled lives.
The author 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 Bill Roorbach.
~Lisa C. Program Liaison at James H. LaRue