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The Law of Similars: A Novelby Chris Bohjalian
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From the best-selling author of <I>Midwives</I> comes a startlinglypowerful story of three people whose lives are irrevocably changed byillness, healing, and love.<P>Two years after his wife's sudden, accidental death, a Vermont deputystate prosecutor, Leland Fowler, finds that the stress of raising theirsmall daughter alone has left him with a chronic sore throat. Desperateto rid himself of a malady that has somehow managed to eludeconventional medicine, Leland turns to homeopath Carissa Lake — whocures both his sore throat and the aching loneliness at the root of hissymptoms.<P>Just days after Leland realizes he has fallen in love with the firstwoman who has mattered to him since his wife, one of Carissa's asthmapatients falls into an allergy-induced coma. When Carissa comes underinvestigation, straight-arrow Leland is faced with a moral and ethicaldilemma of enormous proportions.<P>Set against the ongoing clash between conventional and alternativemedicine — between what we know science can offer and the miracles thatalways seem to be just beyond our reach — <I>The Law of Similars</I> isa haunting and deeply atmospheric tale.<P>Chris Bohjalian is known for the compassion and grace that mark hischaracters as well as for the sheer storytelling power that propels hisfiction. With <I>The Law of Similars</I>, he has offered something more:a page-turning examination of the fragile threads that hold peopletogether when the worst that can happen really does... and theunexpected and luminous ways we are made well. It is a remarkableachievement.
Widowed father Leland Fowler turns to homeopathic healer Carissa for help, and she heals both his body and his heart, but when another of her patients suddenly goes into a coma, law officer Leland is faced with a difficult moral and ethical dilemma. Reprint.
" The Law of Similars is fast-paced and absorbing. Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power."-The New York Times Book Review
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About the Author
Chris Bohjalian is the author of eight novels, including Midwives, (a # 1 New York Times bestseller and an Oprahs Book Club® selection), Trans-Sister Radio, and The Buffalo Soldier—as well as Idyll Banter, a collection of magazine essays and newspaper columns.
His work has been translated into seventeen languages, been published in twenty countries, and twice become acclaimed movies, (“Midwives” and “Past the Bleachers”). In 2002 and he won the New England Book Award.
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