Stella Bain

Stella Bain 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 L

  • Title: Stella Bain
  • Author: Anita Shreve
  • ISBN: 9780316098861
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in hisAn 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 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.

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    1. Anita Shreve

      Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts just outside Boston , the eldest of three daughters Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites and everything Eugene O Neill ever wrote while she was a senior to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston In the middle of her last year, she quit something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now to start writing I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazines for her short stories I really could have, she says , she published her early work in literary journals One of these stories, Past the Island, Drifting, won an O Henry prize Despite this accolade, she quickly learned that one couldn t make a living writing short fiction Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine One of her novels, The Last Time They Met, contains bits and pieces from her time in Africa.Returning to the United States, Shreve was a writer and editor for a number of magazines in New York Later, when she began her family, she turned to freelancing, publishing in the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and dozens of others In 1989, she published her first novel, Eden Close Since then she has written 12 other novels, among them The Weight of Water, The Pilot s Wife, The Last Time They Met, A Wedding in December, and Body Surfing.In 1998, Shreve received the PEN L L Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction In 1999, she received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey, and The Pilot s Wife became the 25th selection of Oprah s Book Club and an international bestseller In April 2002, CBS aired the film version of The Pilot s Wife, starring Christine Lahti, and in fall 2002, The Weight of Water, starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn, was released in movie theaters Still in love with the novel form, Shreve writes only in that genre The best analogy I can give to describe writing for me is daydreaming, she says A certain amount of craft is brought to bear, but the experience feels very dreamlike Shreve is married to a man she met when she was 13 She has two children and three stepchildren, and in the last eight years has made tuition payments to seven colleges and universities.

    237 thoughts on “Stella Bain”

    1. Seriously, am I the only person who gets what Anita Shreve did here?! I said it before (when I read the last page of The Last Time They Met, which I loved) and I'll say it againANITA SHREVE IS A GENIUS! If you are like me and are a huge fan of Anita Shreve and have read all of her books, you should be able to figure this out. If you are new to Anita Shreve, this book is just as enjoyable, but on a different level.If you haven't read this book yet, STOP HERE - there are some small spoilers!Early [...]

    2. I was excited to get this book, stories about WWI being more difficult to come by than those about WWII. However, this novel is not really about the war. Stella, who is not sure that Stella really is her name, wakes up in a French army hospital and is not quite sure how she got there. I assumed that she suffered from a concussion, though it's later referred to as shell shock. When someone mentions the Admiralty in London, she becomes obsessed with traveling there, sure that it holds the answers [...]

    3. I have read and enjoyed all of Anita Shreve's book. I devour them quickly and wait patiently for the next one. Each is different. They are always engaging and well-written. Stella Bain is no exception. The background story of serving as a nurse in the field hospitals of the First World War provides a fascinating context for Stella's story of misery, guilt, loss, terror, and amnesia. Her recovery of her memory is handled well, with suspense and interesting gradations of revelation. The courtroom [...]

    4. While this was not a bad book, nor unenjoyable for a quick read I really can’t bring myself to rate it above two stars:The early chapters based in WWI French front were very interesting, the descriptions of the conditions were deft and vivid and I enjoyed this part thoroughly. The main character, made intriguing by her amnesia and the ‘shell shock’ made for an interesting focus to view the situation from, and in general I found it a pretty good story. In retrospect I think that even at thi [...]

    5. 3.5 When she is found in a hospital camp in France without a memory she gives the nurses the name "Stella Bain. The Great War, 1916, camps in France and England, the horror of war and its effects on the psyches of those involved and a woman with a past that she must uncover. Though it will take a while, she will and this will lead to a court case and a new life, while making peace with her old.This is when shell shock was first being talked about and studied, the talking cure proposed by Freud w [...]

    6. I am a huge Anita Shreve fan and have read everything she's previously written; therefore I was waiting for this novel with some anticipation. I was a little worried because of its initial setting in WWI, as I don't like war novels, but I need not have worried; this section of the book is short and the whole story is mainly concerned with discovering the events that lead Stella to wartime France in the first place, and the fallout of what happens there, once she has lost her memory and strives t [...]

    7. This book reminded me so much of one of my favorite books by this author, All He Ever Wanted. In fact, it made me want to reread it one more time. So I went into my book archives to retrieve All He Ever Wanted only to discover that this is the wife's version of this story. It has been years and years since I read the first book, and now I get it. I understand now how readers who didn't know of the first book would be disappointed with this as a stand alone. I wanted to love Stella more, or rathe [...]

    8. Here's the thing: unlike many readers, I loved 'The Last Time They Met' and keep reading Anita Shreve's books because of it. So unlike many readers, I keep getting disappointed. Her books are never bad, but they aren't great. This one is no exception. It's the tale of a WWI nurse, although we meet her while she's an amnesiac so the first bit of the book is involved in unravelling her story. Then we get on with her life. It's never terribly compelling or vibrant, just a story well-told, without, [...]

    9. This book lacked plausibility in several ways for me, and did not measure up to past reads by Anita Shreve. The premise seemed to have great potential, but it didn't come together as I had hoped. I would not be able to recommend it and I have enjoyed most of this author's books in one way or another.

    10. I received this book as part of the First Reads Program. I was interested in this book because it was about a woman serving as a nurse in World War I, that ends up loosing her memory from shell shock. I was excited to read about a woman experiencing this. I was disappointed in this book. The book was more about her family issues than it was about her service. It still highlighted issues women faced at the time, but it wasn't what I was expecting to read about.I had a hard time engaging with the [...]

    11. Anita Shreve is a favorite of mine in how she handles historical fiction. Here, though, I was disappointed -- not in the historical theme, but in the presentation. We have an unhappily married American woman with children who ends up as a nurse's aide / ambulance driver in WWI France. You see she's fled from her sorry excuse of a husband, which unfortunately means she has also abandoned her children, and that's going to come back to haunt her in a big way. She gets amnesia following a trauma and [...]

    12. I have been reading Anita's books for years and am always struck how they have a simplicity to them that is remarkable and yet sums up a conflicted situation in a most powerful wayMemories of her previous books, Sea Glass and The Weight of Water and Fortune's Rocks filled me as I quickly read her newest bookHer theme of women desperately wanting a life of their own, work and creativity of their own without judgement or prejudice continues with this story of a remarkable women who suffers amnesia [...]

    13. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I'm not altogether sure how to describe Anita Shreve's Stella Bain. The book touches on some absolutely fascinating subject matter, but I think the telling leaves something to be desired. Though not as powerful as Peter Yeldham's Barbed Wire and Roses, I appreciated Shreve's exploration of shell shock and how she uses Stella to show both the impact it has on the individual and how it was viewed in a society with little to no understanding of t [...]

    14. I received an ARC copy of this book from netgalley. I stopped reading Anita Shreve's books a long time ago and now realize why. Although I thought the premise about a woman suffering from amensia during WWI sounded interesting, in typical Shreve fashion, it dissolved into a dysfunctional marriage. I also thought the book was very disjointed. I needed to reminded myself in the future not read any more of her books.

    15. To be completely fair, this was closer to a 2.5 than a true 2 rating. The book had a lot of potential but fell short. It seemed like the author was trying to make the book as short as possible. The ending also seemed rushed and wrapped up too nicely. The last Anita Shreve book I read, I swore would be the last but this time I really mean it.

    16. 3.5 starsWhen a young woman regains consciousness in a French battlefield hospital in 1916, she cannot remember her name or past life. Although she is dressed in a British nurse's aide uniform, she has an American accent. She takes the name Stella Bain, although it doesn't feel quite right to her. When she recovers from her wounds, she is pressed into service by the French nurses who are overwhelmed treating the wounded soldiers. She heads to London on leave in a few months to see if someone at [...]

    17. When this book came out three years ago I was in the middle of writing a WWI manuscript about a young Australian woman, who in 1920, can’t remember the last two years of her life. I thought, okay, I’d better not read this. Too dangerous, particularly a book by a writer that I admire. I also avoided Birdsong for the same reason.Now writing the first draft of a completely different book I thought it was time to read this one and I’m glad I did, even though I’m a bit ambivalent. Why am I am [...]

    18. In the novel, Stella Bain, author Anita Shreve takes us back into the turbulence of World War I, the declining Edwardian era, and the gender restrictions imposed on women. This absorbing story is about a young woman who worked as an ambulance driver in France. She is discovered shell-shocked and suffering from amnesia; all she can tell anyone is that her name is Stella Bain. But is it? Day by day, as Stella begins to heal, tiny recollections of memories, of locations, of names, flash into her mi [...]

    19. Anita Shreve was once my favorite author, but her last few books were big disappointments for me. I was really looking forward to Stella Bain because of the subject and time period. It was pretty good; I would give it 3 1/2 stars.It is a small book and quick read. I enjoyed the story very much, and was drawn in right from the start. Yet was just pretty good, not great. One of my favorite books of all-time is Fortune's Rocks- now THAT was great. I sometimes think that writers only have a limited [...]

    20. Não há um livro da Anita Shreve que não me cative. Tudo porque a escritora tem um jeito despretensioso de apresentar as situações, e é exímia em descrever as cicatrizes que ficam na alma após um trauma.No início do livro estava intrigada quanto a Stella Bain, a desmemoriada. Mas a autora, que é do género que permite ao leitor formar a sua própria ideia das personagens, não a descreveu fisicamente, nem sequer a pôs a ponderar sobre a sua idade. Na verdade, a primeira parte do livro [...]

    21. This book has a great premise that, unfortunately, was poorly executed.A woman wakes up in a French medical camp during the WW I. The woman has completely lost her memory, but believes her name might be Stella Bain. This is the start of Stella's journey to find out who she is.I had several problems with this book. The most notable problem being that there is never a believable reason for why Stella orginally goes overseas. I didn't think the reason for her leaving very plausible. Besides that, S [...]

    22. I always put a new Anita Shreve book ahead in my line up of books to read. However, I don't think this one was worth putting ahead. I did not like Shreve's writing style - it seemed to lack depth and the writing seemed so very simplistic. The story line itself was interesting enough and was what kept me reading. It deals with a loveless marriage, a wife leaving her family in fear of her husband, joining the war efforts in France as a nurse, suffering shell shock and losing her memory, and so on. [...]

    23. 3.5 stars. I always enjoy Anita Shreve. This was a super fast enjoyable read but not one with much substance. Set in WWI the book opens up with Stella Bain and her story of being an ambulance driver in France. There is so much more to her - for one, it isn't her real name and she has amnesia and wakes up with injuries to her legs in a makeshift hospital tent. She hears someone mention the Admiralty House in London and has an urge to go there but has no idea why. She meets August & Lily and h [...]

    24. I really like Stella Bain. I like her for all the reasons everyone likes her: she is alluring, artistic, helpful, quick-thinking, brave. She’s a survivor with a dark past, a mystery woman who’s not just a pretty face – although, in her traumatized state, she can’t bring herself to draw a self-portrait. All the more reason to be intrigued. As Stella’s first life unfolds during the Great War, Shreve narrates her story in a well-paced, pitch-perfect way, all sensory impressions and intens [...]

    25. The problem with Stella Bain is not necessarily the story. It is well-written, enjoyable, and interesting. The fault lies in the synopsis. The synopsis details only the first third of the novel as Stella struggles to regain her memories. Once she does that, the story veers in a completely different, and much unanticipated, direction. A reader expects one story and gets something else. The plot shift is disconcerting and, for readers unable to put aside any preconceived expectations, off-putting. [...]

    26. Fans of Anita Shreve will not be disappointed with "Stella Bain." Her newest book has all of the elements that have made Shreve such a popular author: it's compelling, disturbing, sometimes hard to read, impossible to put down. The story concerns a young woman found outside a garden in London who knows nothing of her past prior to waking up in a French infirmary on the front lines of WWI. As the story unfolds, we learn that Stella is suffering from amnesia, as a result of shell shock incurred wh [...]

    27. Although not one of Shreve's best, an entertaining read if you're not looking for character development. This was a plot driven novel, not character driven, and this has been reminiscent of Shreve for the last few of her books. A lot of what happened in the book did not make sense and I found myself not having sympathy for Stella/Etna because she caused her own trouble. Her stance that she was a good mother did not jive with the notion that she left her children with no warning with the man that [...]

    28. A woman is found, unconscious & in a cart, on a hospital porch. When she wakes up, she has no idea who she is or how she got there. This is her story.It's 1916 and France has been at war. Countless lives have been devastated by loss or injuries. Stella Bain is among the injured. After several months of recovery, she beings to help out as a nurse's aid. A draw to the Admiralty won't go away. So, on her leave, she makes the journey.Lily Bridge finds an exhausted woman by her fence. She and her [...]

    29. Anita Shreve writes books that can transform a simple story into an epic story of love or hate. I find that I either really enjoy her books or I am ambivalent. I was ambivalent with Stella Bain. The main character of the story was Stella Bain (hence the title). The plot of the story was a young woman with amnesia who did not know her name, her history and how she came to be in France helping an English group with an American accent. We followed that young woman in France as she was an ambulance [...]

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