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The law of similars

by Bohjalian, Chris, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Brentwood Library Fiction FICTION Bohjalian
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Collection  Fiction
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Bohjalian
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives comes this riveting medical thriller about a lawyer, a homeopath, and a tragic death.

When one of homeopath Carissa Lake's patients falls into an allergy-induced coma, possibly due to her prescribed remedy, Leland Fowler's office starts investigating the case.

But Leland is also one of Carissa's patients, and he is begining to realize that he has fallen in love with her. As love and legal obligations collide, Leland comes face-to-face with an ethical dilemma of enormous proportions. Graceful, intelligent, and suspenseful, The Law of Similars is a powerful examination of the links between hope and hubris, love and deception.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Basic to homeopathy is the "law of similars" --that is, that a homeopathic remedy produces symptoms in a healthy person that are similar to those that the disease to be treated with it produces. The main characters of Bohjalian's story are deputy state prosecutor Leland Fowler and homeopath Carissa Lake. Fowler, recently widowed, is rearing his young daughter by himself. Lake, whose office features wall-sized paintings of Paris (in particular, the cemetery in which Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy's founder, is buried), treats Fowler for a long-lasting cold. The two are immediately attracted to each other and get together twice, but their relationship becomes complicated and then shattering. For a patient of Carissa's who is asthmatic and allergic to cashews goes into a coma and dies, possibly as a result of Carissa's treatment and advice. Fowler, in love but also in the prosecutor's office, finds himself on both sides of a potential case. Bohjalian's latest is enjoyable enough, although several times one wishes he had truncated Fowler's lengthy ruminations. --William Beatty"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "As he proved in last year's Midwives, Bohjalian is adept at examining social and moral issues fraught with ambiguities. Here, again, he focuses on a fallible protagonist whose lapse in ethical judgment is motivated by love and need. Widower Leland Fowler, the chief deputy state's attorney in Burlington, Vt., has been lonely since his wife was killed in an accident two years previously, leaving him to raise his daughter Abby, now four. When traditional methods fail to cure a persistent sore throat caused by stress, he consults homeopath Carissa Lake, receives a remedy that works on the principle of "like cures like" (i.e., using the cause of the illness as the cure)Äand falls desperately in love with Carissa. When another of Carissa's patients misinterprets the law of similars and falls into an allergy-induced coma, Leland realizes that Carissa may be accused of malpractice. Abandoning his judgment and his rectitude, Leland instructs Carissa in fabricating and destroying evidenceÄthis while his own office may seek to prosecute her. The consequences are, of course, ineffably sad. Despite his tendency to use foreshadowing with the bluntness of hammer blows, Bohjalian succeeds in escalating tension and communicating the irony of Leland's position. The evocation of domestic routines and the quality of small-town life ring true in beautifully captured details. But despite Bohjalian's evident compassion for decent people who behave irresponsibly in moments of crisis, it may be difficult for readers to accept Leland's unethical behavior, no matter how deep his emotional need. Since credibility is essential in understanding Leland's fall from grace, one finishes the novel wishing that Bohjalian had been able to portray his hero's quandary without so completely betraying Leland's moral principles. Author tour. (Jan.) FYI: Jessica Lange will appear in the ABC TV movie based on Midwives. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Homeopathic physicians -- Fiction.
Women physicians -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Vintage Books,2000
Edition 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
Language English
Description 324 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 0679771476 (pbk.)
9780679771470 (pbk.)
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