Stella Bain (Large Print / Hardcover)

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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


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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316098854
ISBN-10: 031609885X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 12th, 2013
Pages: 368
Language: English