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Tuesday, 8 December 2015
October Read - Belturbet Library
The lives of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in
March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas
gangrene, the sounds of men in pain, and an almost complete loss of memory: she
knows only that she can drive an ambulance, she can draw, and her name is
Stella Bain. A stateless woman in a lawless country, Stella embarks on a
journey to reconstruct her life. Suffering an agonising and inexplicable array
of symptoms, she finds her way to London. There, Dr August Bridge, a cranial
surgeon turned psychologist, is drawn to tracking her amnesia to its source.
What brutality was she fleeing when she left the tranquil seclusion of a New
England college campus to serve on the Front; for what crime did she need to
atone - and whom did she leave behind?