The Remedy

Author(s): Michelle Lovric

Mystery & Suspense

I was an unwilling nun, bundled into the convent by a family that had briefly lost its head . . .

The nuns caught me early by my sweet tooth, hanging sugared almonds, balsamic lozenges, and candied fruit in the humid swoop of the orchard branches whenever we went . . .

I married Christ in a delirium spun of sweetened wine. I was only bitter later, when I saw little girls dreambound in the smell of almonds and burnt sugar in the orchard. For by then of course I knew full well . . . that God did not make such trees.

So begins The Remedy, a lush and riveting new work of historical fiction by the author of the The Floating Book.

Set against the vivid, haunting backdrops of eighteenth-century Venice and London, The Remedy weaves together the stories of three mesmerizing characters: Venetian actress Mimosina Dolcezza -- snatched from a convent as a young woman, employed as an actress and agente provocatrice by powerful and shadowy European power brokers; the dark prince of London's medical underworld, the roguish Valentine Greatrakes; and the strange, peevish child-woman Pevenche, whose fate and identity are at the heart of the book's mystery. The love affair between Mimosina and Valentine begins in the wake of a murder and tumbles forward based on dangerous secrets and elaborate lies. As the lovers unravel the tangled truths of each other's pasts, The Remedy lures us along a path from the dank environs of London's Bankside to the vibrant streets of Venice, through playhouses and brothels, convents and crypts, with a sensual eye for detail that breathes heady, intoxicating life into the era.

Long-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, The Remedy is scholarly, seductive, and teeming with Rabelaisian characters -- a gorgeous novel that will keep the reader aching with suspense and haunted long after the final page is turned.


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Longlisted for the Orange Prize 2005

There's a whiff of Patrick Susskind's Perfume in the delicious and seductive recipes Lovric borrows to pepper her tale Sydney Morning Herald Compelling reading Sunday Times [Michelle Lovric] reveals in carefully-crafted prose, the dark side of the Enlightenment - while managing to enchant us with a surprising love story ... From first page to last, Lovric transfixes one with her superb language, imagery and twists of plot. At no time does the confidence or quality of narrative falter. Thrilling Mslexia The language is opulent and sensuous and the setting intriguing Historical Novels Review Fresh, graceful prose Publisher's Weekly Remedy is a ravishing, meticulously authentic buffet of words and sensations Entertainment Weekly Told in lushly beautiful prose, Lovric's dazzling new novel conjures up a world of dangerous secrets and shadowy pasts Image An intriguing and sometimes sinister tale Sunday Times (Australia) A rollicking read that evokes the squalor and danger of eighteenth-century Europe as well as it does the glamour Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Michelle Lovric is the author of four novels - Carnevale, The Floating Book (winner of a London Arts Award and chosen as a WH Smith Read of the Week), The Book of Human Skin (a TV Book Club pick in 2011), and, most recently, The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters, as well as four children's books. Her book Love Letters: An Anthology of Passion was a New York Times bestseller. She divides her time between London and Venice.

General Fields

  • : 9781408843819
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : June 2015
  • : June 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 448
  • : Michelle Lovric
  • : Paperback