The Cure for Modern Life

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Allen & Unwin, 2008 - Fiction - 424 pages
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Though Matthew and Amelia were once in love and planning to raise a family together, they are now professional enemies. To Amelia, whose life has been dedicated to charity, Matthew's job as a high-powered executive has turned him into a heartless person who doesn't care about anything but money.

And yet, on a frigid night, while walking to his upscale Philadelphia loft, Matthew finds himself on a desolate bridge, face to face with a boy screaming for help. Homeless for most of his life, ten-year-old Danny is as streetwise as he is world-weary, and his desperation to save his three-year-old sister makes him every bit the match for the cynical executive. Before long, Matthew's unwilling involvement with Danny has set off a chain of events that draws in Amelia and even their old college friend Ben - and alters all of their lives irrevocably.

Dazzlingly written, with a riveting story that will resonate with book clubs and readers everywhere, The Cure for Modern Life is a smart, humorous, big-hearted morality tale about the way we live now and what it means to be responsible, to care about other people, and to do the right thing in the twenty-first century.

'An enjoyable literary page-turner that also explores serious social issues a gifted writer with a wide range and a profound sense of compassion for the mysteries of the human heart.' - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the author (2008)

Lisa Tucker is the best-selling author of Once Upon a Day, Shout Down the Moon and The Song Reader. She has advanced degrees in English and mathematics, and has taught creative writing. She lives in Philadelphia with her son.

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