Stella Bain

Stella Bain

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Audio, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478926276
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
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Additional Contributors: Davis, Hope 1967-


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Jul 22, 2014

Stella Bain is a novella about a woman who escapes a loveless marraige by running off to volunteer as a nurse's aide in World War I France. After surviving enemy shelling, she loses her memory. The story explores her gradual reawakening from Stella Bain to her real identity, Etna Bliss. Family secrets are revealed as she fights her husband in court for custody of their son. Written in Shreve's spare, elegant prose, this book is a fascinating glimpse into a woman's life in the early years of the 20th century.

Cdnbookworm Dec 27, 2013

This novel follows a woman from the time she awakes in a field hospital in northern France in early 1916. She was found wearing a British nurse's aide uniform, but has an American accent. She has no personal memory and has difficulty coming up with a name for herself, but feels that Stella Bain is right. She does know that she can drive an ambulance, and as she recovers, she is put to use as both nurse's aide and ambulance driver. When someone mentions the admiralty it strikes a chord with her and she is driven by the certainty that somehow the admiralty holds the key to recovering her memory. As she makes her way to London, she loses her way and is found by a woman in a residential square in London. The woman, Lily, takes her in and Lily and her husband Dr. August Bridge, nurse her through illness and the doctor, once learning of her plight, is fascinated and does everything he can to help her recover her memory.
In the second part of this novel, Stella has recovered her memory and her identity and knows the reason she came to France and the reason she must return home to America. As she fights to regain her family, and find a new life for herself, she is also drawn back to England and those she cares for there.
With themes of love, memory, loss, and forgiveness, this novel has a strong protagonist with a unique story that resonates.


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siammarino Oct 30, 2014

Etna experiences memory loss after traumatic events as an ambulance driver in WWII. She now thinks she might be Stella Bain, and she takes a leave of absence to go to England where she thinks someone can help her at the admiralty. Great story about perseverance and what a woman will do to escape an abusive husband and gain custody of her children. Also interesting history of shellshock and medical diagnosis.


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