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Remedy, by E. R. Sanchez, is not a far-out, unimaginable tale of a father, family man, and businessman-gone-wrong. It is the tale of a man desperate to take care of his family once the Great Recession dashed his personal American dream to bits.

Philip McCalister never thought it would come to this. He did everything right—by the book, in fact. Yet somehow, he finds himself walking up the steps of the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse in Van Nuys, California, lawyer in tow, preparing for whatever is to come. As he nears the entrance of the courthouse, he is struck by a series of flashbacks. His life literally begins to flash before his eyes as he wonders, “How did I get here?”

In the good old days, McCalister was a respectable businessman who did a good day’s work and earned a darn good wage for it. His life was framed upon an honorable foundation. He had a loving wife, two healthy boys, and a series of successively finer homes. He owned rental properties. He owned a business. He was America personified, and proud of it. He was everyman.

Then, the economic downturn saw his business slide. His income was slashed, but the bills did not respond in kind. Creditors weighed him down, tearing at his financial stability. He became paralyzed, left with no options. His wife disappeared, his kids went with her, for the most part . . . And the house? Well, it was just too much for him to handle, and he rented out his family’s home so as not to lose it completely.

What comes next are the actions of a desperate man, a man with little to lose and few available legal choices.

McCalister gets caught up in the great California Green Rush. His interest is peaked by a radio ad, and he begins to pursue a heretofore-unheard-of option. It is this duality, this cross of purposes that becomes the basis for Remedy. Sanchez deftly weaves the past and present together in a tapestry of seriousness, sadness, reality, and hard choices.

What would you do when there is no way out?

Sanchez undoubtedly has a way with words. His writing is crisp and lean, which matches the sparseness of the picture he paints in Remedy perfectly. The detailed descriptions and sobering truths in the book compel the reader to put himself or herself in McCalister’s shoes. It is a shocking story, partly because of the Cinderella-in-reverse theme, but also because it is becoming understandable, even admirable, to some.

Few among us would not be tempted to do whatever is necessary to take care of our children the way they deserve to be cared for. Even fewer, when knocked down, would not try to climb back up to the life they once had.

Many can empathize with McCalister’s plight and eventual unfortunate situation. Imagining yourself walking up the steps of the courthouse, on trial, and getting caught up in the plot twists that undulate before you in Sanchez’s book will be a sure thing. The hard question that remains: Do you root for this unlikely hero? The answer will lead to self-discovery, perhaps ashamedly so.