Spring 1915. On a sprawling country estate not far from London a young woman mourns her husband, fallen on the battlefields of what has been declared the first World War...
But the isolated and eerie stillness in which she grieves is shattered when her home is transformed into a bustling military hospital to serve the war's most irreparably injured. Disturbed by the intrusion of the suffering men and their caretakers, the young widow finds unexpected solace in the company of a wounded soldier whose face, concealed by bandages, she cannot see. Their affair takes an unexpected turn when fate presents her with an opportunity: to remake her lover -- with the unwitting help of a visionary surgeon and an American woman artist -- in the image of her lost husband.
Inspired by the little-known but extraordinary collaboration between artists and surgeons in the treatment of wounded men in the First World War, The Crimson Portrait peels back layers of suspense and intrigue to illuminate the abiding mysteries of identity and desire.
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Jody Shields's debut novel, The Fig Eater, was hailed as "an atmospheric thriller" (Los Angeles Times), "stylish and compelling" (Chicgao Tribune), and "a bewitching visit to late-imperial Vienna... enjoyable and intelligent" (Times Literary Supplement). She lives in New York City.From AudioFile:
It's 1915. A young British war widow agrees to have her estate become a military hospital for patients whose faces have been damaged almost beyond repair. When she falls in love with a patient, she is tempted to have his face remade to look like that of her dead husband. Josephine Bailey's smoky voice matches the mood of the story, and her pace is as considered as the writing. A bit too considered for this reviewer, who worried that the story would sink into significant pauses. It can also be difficult to track conversations among the doctors and patients, as Bailey does not clearly differentiate male voices. A worthy effort, but not quite as spellbinding as advertised. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Descripción Black Swan, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0000093050