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A Review of The Remedy for Love

February 23, 2015

Roorbach_RemedyforLove_jkt_HC_HR-330If you’re looking for a book that you can’t put down, that is brought alive by intriguing characters you care about, plus is written in beautiful prose, and has a plot that’s obviously been scribed by a master, then look no further than The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach.

The story unfolds during a snowstorm, “The Storm of the Century,” worse than any you could imagine, unless you happen to live in Boston this winter. A homeless young woman and a small-town lawyer are the unlikely duo who occupy the pages through all kinds of weather, anger, loneliness, and love. Roorbach entertains, makes you laugh out loud, touches your heart, and maintains a level of tension that will leave you breathless until the last page. His sense of place and descriptions of the weather are so richly detailed that you can see the river and feel the cold in your bones.

“The big window over the river was barely a window anymore, frosted like a Pop-Tart and draped heavily with snow, just a whale’s eye left open in the middle to peer through, a sobering view. The snow out there was deep, very deep, a heavy drift wave like the purest sand dune mounded clear up over the windowsill, eight or nine feet deep off the ledge, maybe more, no color anywhere, only white and black and every shade of gray between.”

This is a dazzling read by a master storyteller.

Algonquin, 2014

Roorbach is the author of the bestselling novel Life Among Giants which won the Maine Literary Award in Fiction. Earlier works of fiction include Big Bend, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Prize and an O. Henry Prize. His non-fiction includes Summers with Juliet, and Into the Woods. His writing has been published in Harper’s, Orion, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and dozens of other magazines and journals. He lives in western Maine.

To find out more about Bill Roorbach, visit

  1. I ordered The Remedy for Love right after reading your review. Sounds like the perfect read this winter. It’s even cold and icy here in the South.

    Oh, how I’ve missed you. 🙂

  2. Oh thank you so much, Darrelyn! I’ve missed spreading the word about my favorite books. I’m reviewing at other places, but I don’t get to choose what I read so I had to re-open for business. xo

  3. I loved this too. Absolutely imaginable these days around here!

  4. So I’ve heard, Tricia! Spring will come eventually for you, I hope…

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