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Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men in pain, and an almost complete loss of memory: she knows only that she can drive an ambulance, she can draw, and her name is Stella Bain. A stateless woman in a lawless country, Stella embarks on a journey to reconstruct her life. Suffering an agonising and inexplicable array of symptoms, she finds her way to London. There, Dr August Bridge, a cranial surgeon turned psychologist, is drawn to tracking her amnesia to its source. What brutality was she fleeing when she left the tranquil seclusion of a New England college campus to serve on the Front; for what crime did she need to atone - and whom did she leave behind? Vivid, intense and gripping, packed with secrets and revelations, The Lives of Stella Bain is at once a ravishing love story and an intense psychological mystery.
Closing date: 31/08/2020
Coinciding with the First World War centenary, Anita Shreve’s latest novel revolves around the enigmatic figure of an American woman suffering intense amnesia in the wake of the war. Awaking to the harsh reality of a field hospital in 1916, Stella Bain is aware only of her name, and that she can draw and drive an ambulance, but all other details of her life and identity are utterly lost to her. Suffering unpleasant physical symptoms and determined to discover the truth about her past, with the aid of cranial surgeon August Bridge, Stella begins an uneasy quest that will force her to confront some unnerving facts about her former life. Why did she leave the comforting haven of a New England college campus and for what exactly was she trying to atone? Atmospheric and eerie, Shreve’s novel is both a psychological mystery and an unusual love story, unravelling in sparse, delicate style.
'A powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, this tale is utterly unforgettable Lady Atonement with just the tiniest dash of Downton Abbey. This is a First World War story with a difference ... a fantastic read' Red
'Gripping and moving' Sunday Times
'Fascinating' Daily Mail
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||11th September 2014|
|Publisher:||Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Anita Shreve is the author of fifteen best-selling novels which have spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller Lists. The Weight of Water was short listed for the Orange Prize and The Pilot’s Wife was selected by Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Book club’ series. Shreve started her writing career as a journalist and her award-winning short stories and non-fiction have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Esquire. Shreve is married to a man she met when she was 13. She has two children and three stepchildren and lives ...More About Anita Shreve