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In the beginning of the novel, Anita Shreve transports the reader to the horror of the French battlefields of WWI. Stella Bain is a volunteer nurse and ambulance driver who has been wounded and suffers memory loss associated with shell shock. She is not even sure if Stella is her real name. In Shreve's capable hands, Stella's story emerges of how she slowly regains her memory with the help of a British doctor who employs the new "talking therapy." Stella finds the strength to confront the demons that she fled from in America. A brilliant depiction of a story often ignored — the effects of shell shock on women. 

— Joan

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve. In the beginning of this novel, Anita Shreve transports the reader to the horror of the French battlefields of WWI. Stella Bain is a volunteer nurse and ambulance driver who has been wounded and suffers memory loss associated with shell shock. She is not even sure if Stella is her real name. In Shreve’s capable hands, Stella’s story emerges of how she slowly regains her memory with the help of a British doctor who employs the relative new “talking therapy.” Stella finds the strength to confront the demons that she fled from in America. A brilliant depiction of a story often ignored – the effects of shell shock on women

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"Shreve's 17th novel is a tragic yet hopeful story of love, memory, loss, and rebuilding....The novel is both tender and harsh....Shreve's thoughtful, provocative historical tale has modern resonance." ---Publishers Weekly

Stella Bain has no memory of her past when she wakes up in a hospital bed in Marne, France. It is 1916, and she wears the uniform of a British war nurse but speaks with an American accent. As soon as she is able, Stella sets out for London, where she hopes to find answers. What she discovers-with the help of Dr. August Bridge, who takes an interest in her case-both shocks and startles. As Stella's memories come racing back, she must undertake a journey across the ocean to confront the haunted past of the woman she used to be.

In this gripping historical drama that transports us from Europe to America and back again, Anita Shreve weaves an engrossing tale about love and memory, set against the backdrop of a war that devastated an entire generation.

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


"Harrowing. . . . With the story of this one woman, Shreve gives shape to the larger world of the Great War." ---Carol Iaciofano, NPR

"Spare, elegant. . . . Shreve's fans will appreciate her keen understanding of women's struggles to live life on their own terms." ---Helen Rogan, People

"Compelling. . . . Shreve cleverly and movingly shifts between Stella's two lives." ---Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today

"Touching, heartbreaking, sometimes so vivid you can almost feel the fear." ---Karen Campbell, Boston Globe

"Fascinating....A slender novel with a large and complex subject." ---Carolyn See, Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316098892
ISBN-10: 0316098892
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English