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Giveaway Review STELLA BAIN by ANITA SHREVE @LittleBrown

Book Description

 November 12, 2013

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.

Buy on Amazon : Stella Bain

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.



After working on the French front in  triage during World War I, Stella Bain wakes up near a doctor's house in London, not remembering exactly how she got there, but is taken in by the doctor and his wife.  She is suffering from some sort of head injury, which the surgeon, August Bridge, specializes. Stella knows something is wrong and does remember that she has a goal to reach by an instinct that tells her to go to the Admiralty which doesn't initially make sense.  Dr. Bridge helps her by "talk therapy" and little things start to click as well as she starts to draw and those images spark memories of a horrible incident at home in America and the fact that she has children.

Finally connecting her memories and feeling with her past, she realizes that she is actually Etna Bliss Van Tassel and has fled from her abusive husband after her teen daughter reveals that her father forced her to lie about asexual  situation with one of his business rivals.  The story that follows is quite incredible as Etna must travel back to America to regain custody of her children and put her life back in order.  There is such detail in the plot that you won't realize the depth of the story until after you put the book down.

I always find that any time I read one of Shreve's books, they tend to stick with me and her economy and use of words is just spectacular.  Every word is used is to the point and the story telling concise, but not so much that you lose the detail of each page.   This is one of those meals where every ingredient is used with maximum effect and the effort pays off while not making you feel you ate too much.  Now, for another year's wait until I get another one.

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  1. Sounds great. jtretin at aol dot com

  2. I love Anita Shreve!so much, have every one of her books! Would cherish this one too. :) thanks so much for the giveaway!

  3. Sounds like a great story. I love Anita's books, so I would love to read this one. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  4. Have read all of Anita Shreve this one looks just as great as all here others.

  5. Have read all of Anita Shreve this one looks just as great as all here others.

  6. I have been wanting to read this! Thank you.

  7. This book would be memorable. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I cannot wait to read this book! Anita Shreve is such a wonderful author! Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. This is one of my favorite authors. Thanks so much for the giveaway. This book looks fascinating.
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  10. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  11. I have enjoyed all of this author's previous book and I'm sure this on will be equally enjoyable. I'm looking forward to following your blog and finding out about other new titles that might interest me. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Sounds great (:

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  13. Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  14. I appreciate all of these wonderful giveaway opportunities. Thanks.

  15. I've enjoyed Anita Shreve's work. SEA GLASS and FORTUNE'S ROCKS are the first titles that spring to mind. Would love to check out her latest ... thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  16. I would love to read this book!


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