Crimson Portrait, The

A Novel
By Jody Shields (Trade Paperback, 2008)
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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316067188

    • On Sale Date: 05/13/2008

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book, Electronic Book

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

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.
  • "A smart, richly textured story." (People).

  • "Without a false line, she's managed to write beautifully about what, on the surface, seems too hideous to contemplate." (Washington Post Book World).

  • "A rich, multi-layered tale exploring the porous boundaries of science, art, and faith." (Seattle Times).

  • "Here begins an unusual love story expertly spun by Shields, whose lilting, intelligent prose shows to what lengths one will go to relieve the hollow feeling of grief." (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune).

  • "A top-drawer literary thriller." (Booklist).

  • "In Dr. McCleary, Shields has created a compelling figure, a 'grand old man' of medicine confronting his limitations and questioning his bedrock faith in the curative powers of hope. In his scenes, the novel finds its heart." (Boston Globe).

  • "It's beautifully presented and, as in Shields' first novel, The Fig Eater, shimmers with her wonderfully descriptive and poetic style." (USA Today).

  • (Library Journal).

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Product Details

Crimson Portrait, The
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316067188
  • On Sale Date: 05/13/2008
Crimson Portrait, The