When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in a London garden, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. However, 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.
"Poised and absolutely steady-handed, this is a gripping piece of deconstruction" (Sunday Times on Testimony)
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Poor narration spoils an ok story.
- Liz... Bristol
Not Anita Shreve's best
I have read all of Anita Shreve's books but this was the first time on an audio book. I am not sure if it was the narration or the writing but it was not a huge success.
Probably not. There seem to be a lot of books being written about the First World War at present, no doubt because of the centenary, and Anita Shreve has written a number of historical books, concentrating mostly on the American north-east. This also moved back to the US but the first part of the book concerned the memory loss of the protagonist in Northern France. The story was not entirely convincing and almost formulaic in structure.
Yes but preferably one where there were no British characters.
No a bit too thin and interiorised to make into a film or TV series
It won't make me give up on Anita Shreve.