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Today’s choice for me is a book from an author I enjoy. Stella Bain, by Anita Shreve, is an epic story set against the backdrop of WWI. Release Date: November 12, 2013.
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.
It’s been awhile since I read a new Shreve novel. I can’t wait! What are you waiting for?