Monday, May 5, 2008

Bizarre Love Triangle

It’s all too easy to be fooled, especially when love is involved. But so often you’re the one hoodwinking, and ignoring what your heart tells you.

Just like good-girl Amelia who, in Lisa Tucker’s clever fourth novel The Cure for Modern Life, loves Matthew but breaks it off with him because she can’t support his big pharmaceutical company job. Bitter and alone, and living by her principles, she devotes her life to scientific ethics and ruining Matthew’s business. In response, Matt, the unscrupulous bad boy, does everything to protect his company’s image, even setting up Amelia with his scientist best friend Ben in a ploy to prevent her from derailing his biggest deal.

Despite Amelia’s revenge quest and Matthew’s self-absorption, Tucker’s humorous, perceptive prose tricks you into immediately liking both. And when Matthew’s good side cons him into helping two homeless children one cold Philadelphia night, the resulting involvement sets off a smart, suspenseful plot that brings Amelia, Matthew and Ben into a tangled web of love and friendship, and delivers captivating twists that engender questions about what it really means to do the right thing.

Pity the fool who doesn’t see reading this novel is one of them.

Available at and your local bookseller.

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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