Book Preview: Stella Bain

stella bainStella Bain (2013) by Anita Shreve details the struggles of the title character, a World War I nurse’s aide found injured on a French battlefield and suffering from severe shell shock. She had no memory of the past four months when discovered in London and taken in by a surgeon and his wife. Stella is American. While in London seeking answers to her identity and receiving psychoanalysis treatment from August Bridge, she is recognized by Samuel, an officer, and then the memories flood back. Her real name is Etna Van Tassel. She and Samuel were young lovers in New Hampshire, but he married another woman. Etna married a man she didn’t love, and when scandal designed by her husband drove her and Samuel’s brother Phillip to Europe, they both became ambulance drivers. Then they grew close. This is a powerful story about love, memory, and characters caught in a violent period of world history.


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