The Crimson Portrait: A Novel

Paperback | May 13, 2008

byJody Shields

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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 Portraitpeels back layers of suspense and intrigue to illuminate the abiding mysteries of identity and desire.

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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 irrepar...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 13, 2008Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316067180

ISBN - 13:9780316067188

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