When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, residents August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge, a surgeon, quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide in France, 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 New England 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.
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"Stella Bain awakens in a field hospital in Marne, France, in 1916 with no memory of her identity other than her name and the fact that she had been an ambulance driver at the front. Narrator Hope Davis brings an almost painful clarity to StellaÕs conviction that she must have done something terrible before she got the shrapnel wounds that hospitalized her. Davis makes each new memory revelation significant. The shock in her voice is palpable when Stella learns who she really is, and sheÕs completely convincing as memories overwhelm, filling in StellaÕs blank spaces. Anita ShreveÕs books often begin with an intriguing premise that somehow slides into another, completely different, direction before the conclusion. Here Davis makes ShreveÕs plot turns and surprises credible without resorting to melodrama. An engrossing listen. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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