The Woman on the Stairs

The Woman on the Stairs

Book - 2016 | First American edition.
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In a museum far from home a man stumbles onto a painting of a woman for whom he once, long ago, risked everything and who then mysteriously disappeared from his life.

As a young lawyer, the nameless protagonist of The Woman on the Stairs became entangled in the affairs of three people mired in a complex and destructive relationship. An artist, the woman whose portrait he had painted, and her husband became a triangle that drew the lawyer deeper and deeper into their tangled web. Now, encountering the painting that triggered it all, the lawyer must reconcile his past and present selves; when he eventually locates the woman, he is forced to confront the truth of his love and the reality that his life has been irrevocably changed.

With The Woman on the Stairs, the internationally acclaimed author of The Reader delivers a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love. Intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling, this is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2016]
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781101870716
Branch Call Number: FIC Schli
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm
Language Note: Translated from the German.

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EmilyEm
May 17, 2017

When a young attorney, the story’s narrator mediates a disputed painting between the artist and the owner whose estranged wife is the painting’s subject. So begins a gripping tale that takes readers from Germany to Australia years later when the attorney sees the painting again and sets out to find who has put it up on view.

Passion and partings are words I’d use to describe this book about a painting and the woman who is painted. He’s a wonderful writer. I was in a hurry for it to end though for as one reviewer says the people in the story are too ‘self-absorbed’ to make me care much how it all ends.

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