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Stella Bain

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Shreve, Anita (Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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. "--
Authors: Shreve, Anita
Title: Stella Bain
[a novel]
[sound recording]
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2013.
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (ca. 420 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Duration: 7:00:00.
Compact disc.
Subtitle from container.
Unabridged.
Summary: "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. "--
Local Note: 1 15 33 53 62 80 109 122 133 143 148 149 151 152 172 173 177 193 198 211 216 222 226 228 242 243 244 245 250 264
Master record variable field(s) change: 100, 650, 700 - Master record encoding level change WorldCat Holdings
Additional Contributors: Davis, Hope 1967-
ISBN: 1478926260
9781478926269
161969218X
9781619692183
Statement of Responsibility: Anita Shreve
Credits: Produced by Cheryl Smith ; directed by May Wuthrich ; recorded by Allen Towbin.
Performers: Reading by Hope Davis of the 2013 book.
Subject Headings: War neuroses Fiction. World War, 1914-1918 Fiction.
Genre/Form: Audiobooks.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: War neuroses
World War, 1914-1918
Publisher No: 2-11218
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Jul 22, 2014
  • TheresaAJ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 17, 2014
  • ITC rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

No violence (unless you include the fact that it happened during war time and part of the book is about a field hospital at the war front), no sex and no foul language.

Dec 27, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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