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The Crimson Portrait

Jody Shields

This haunting love story-the magnificent new historical novel by the author of the national bestseller The Fig Eater-makes unforgettably real the ravages of love and war. Spring 1915. On a sprawling country estate not far from London, a young woman mourns her husband, fallen on a distant battlefield. The eerie stillness in which she grieves is abruptly shattered as her home is transformed into a bustling military hospital. Recoiling from the chaos, unhinged by grief, the young widow finds unexpected refuge in a tender young soldier whose face, concealed by bandages, she cannot see. Their affair takes a fateful turn when she confronts-and seizes upon-the opportunity to remake her lover in the image of her lost husband. The Crimson Portrait is a novel of glittering surfaces that belie dark truths. Its rich cast comes into focus as the novel peels back layers of suspense and intrigue to illuminate the abiding mysteries of affinity and desire. "Shields's writing weaves dark mythical symbolism with matter-of-fact medical nitty-gritty to reveal what happens when class, ignorance, hopefulness and despair coalesce."-Publishers Weekly "Lovely writing..."-Kirkus

This haunting love story-the magnificent new historical novel by the author of the national bestseller The Fig Eater-makes unforgettably real the ravages of love and war. Spring 1915. On a sprawling country estate not far from London, a young woman mourns her husband, fallen on a distant battlefield. The eerie stillness in which she grieves is abruptly shattered as her home is transformed into a bustling military hospital. Recoiling from the chaos, unhinged by grief, the young widow finds unexpected refuge in a tender young soldier whose face, concealed by bandages, she cannot see. Their affair takes a fateful turn when she confronts-and seizes upon-the opportunity to remake her lover in the image of her lost husband. The Crimson Portrait is a novel of glittering surfaces that belie dark truths. Its rich cast comes into focus as the novel peels back layers of suspense and intrigue to illuminate the abiding mysteries of affinity and desire. "Shields's writing weaves dark mythical symbolism with matter-of-fact medical nitty-gritty to reveal what happens when class, ignorance, hopefulness and despair coalesce."-Publishers Weekly "Lovely writing..."-Kirkus
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This haunting love story-the magnificent new historical novel by the author of the national bestseller The Fig Eater-makes unforgettably real the ravages of love and war. Spring 1915. On a sprawling country estate not far from London, a young woman mourns her husband, fallen on a distant battlefield. The eerie stillness in which she grieves is abruptly shattered as her home is transformed into a bustling military hospital. Recoiling from the chaos, unhinged by grief, the young widow finds unexpected refuge in a tender young soldier whose face, concealed by bandages, she cannot see. Their affair takes a fateful turn when she confronts-and seizes upon-the opportunity to remake her lover in the image of her lost husband. The Crimson Portrait is a novel of glittering surfaces that belie dark truths. Its rich cast comes into focus as the novel peels back layers of suspense and intrigue to illuminate the abiding mysteries of affinity and desire. "Shields's writing weaves dark mythical symbolism with matter-of-fact medical nitty-gritty to reveal what happens when class, ignorance, hopefulness and despair coalesce."-Publishers Weekly "Lovely writing..."-Kirkus

Language:

English

Narrators:

Josephine Bailey

Length:

8h 49m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:27


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

40:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

37:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

31:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

33:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:19