Stella Bain

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Little, Brown, Nov 12, 2013 - Fiction - 272 pages
714 Reviews
An epic story, set against the backdrop of World War I, from bestselling author Anita Shreve.

When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

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Didn't love the ending but enjoyed it overall. - Goodreads
This book was a HOT MESS of confused story lines. - Goodreads
Loved it at first, great plot. - Goodreads
Nope, the ending was cumbersome and predictable. - Goodreads
I loved this book - terrific writing, engaging story. - Goodreads
Quick read but not a page turner. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mintzis - Goodreads

A good yarn of the magazine variety -- and more a 2.75 than a 3, but I'm feeling generous. A lot of issues are raised, perfunctorily addressed and resolved: trauma, amnesia, possessive marriage ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sadie Klar - Goodreads

I got this book because I'm a big fan of period dramas (especially war-time novels). I enjoyed the development of the mystery, but the book was definitely odd. It moved extremely fast, and the ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.

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