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Stella Bain

Stella Bain

ISBN: 0316098868

Title: Stella Bain

Author: Anita Shreve

KDL Description:

“Who is the mysterious patient in a French hospital during World War I? She speaks with an American accent and is dressed in the uniform of a British nurse, and is suffering from injuries and amnesia…”—Diane at KDL’s Byron Township branch

Amazon Description:

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.