Wickett’s Remedy

Myla Goldberg

Centered around the 1918 influenza epidemic, Wicket’s Remedy features unconventional narration techniques and heaps of historical details. At times, the story feels fragmented in a way that makes me miss the warm depth of Goldberg’s first (published) novel Bee Season; yet the varying modes of unveiling the story does bestow a more epic scope which may have otherwise been too weak and narrow. It’s probably best to approach this book with a minimal amount of knowledge of what happens — and if I describe the parts I like, it will invariably reveal too much — but I can say that the way she illustrates the fallible nature of memory is especially brilliant. I’ve been imagining whispers all week.