Alas, another of Carissa Lake's patients isn't quite so lucky. Despite her warning that Richard Emmons not go off his prescription drugs, he does exactly that. In fact, during an asthma attack, he takes the homeopathic law of similars--the belief that "like cures like"--to an entirely new level. This tragedy embroils Carissa in an investigation of her practice and forces Leland into a decision that is to alter not only her life but his:
Upstairs, my daughter slept. And for a long time we sat on the floor before the tree, neither of us saying a word, as I worked out in my mind exactly what I would have needed to prosecute this case if a summer cold had not lasted into the fall, and I had not met Carissa Lake. Once I knew, nothing seemed quite so hopeless, and I began to sketch aloud for her exactly what we would want to create in the morning, and exactly what we would want to destroy.Chris Bohjalian is an artist of the small but seismic instant. As this gripping novel proves, he knows all too well the awful daring of a moment's surrender. --Siobhan Carson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The heart of the book is the essential conflict of interest between Leland Fowler and Carissa Lake. Leland is a state prosecutor and Carissa is being accused of a crime. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by "acoword"
I found the book to be well written but very slow. The story about alternative medicine seemed realistic. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003
I was disappointed in this book. I expected it to be as good as Midwives. I found Midwives believable. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Angela Lepitre
This was truly a book that I could not put down. It is no literary masterpice, but the author does raise some interesting ideas about homeopathis versus allopathic medicine. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2003 by Heather Frimmer
The thing I like about Chris Bohjalian is that his stories are so unique. I've never read about homeopathy before, and I found this book very interesting because of that. Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by Theresa W
This is not a guy's boook. The opening is a real downer, which is probably they chose to start the sample pages on page 17. Read morePublished on April 20 2002 by Roger Paulding
As with all of Chris Bohjalian's novels, this one sucked me right in and kept me enthralled the whole way through. I love his use of words. Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by "dannonb"
Even if I could relate to Leland Fowler, I didn't like the fact that he told other people's stories through his own eyes, for example the wife of the guy who slips in a coma. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2002 by "janevaningen"
Leland Fowler is an attorney trying to raise a small daughter after his wife dies in a tragic car accident. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2002 by Betti Trapp