The Woman on the Stairs

The Woman on the Stairs

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"A missing painting. A mysterious woman. Her husband and her lover. Here, the internationally acclaimed author delivers what his fans have been waiting for since The Reader--a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love. A brilliant and naïve young lawyer's life is changed forever when a painter and his subject--a breathtakingly beautiful woman--appear at his office in Frankfurt. The woman's husband is deliberately marring the painting of his wife he commissioned the artist to make. Now the woman and the artist want the painting back. Simple enough--or so it seems before the lawyer becomes enmeshed in the lives of this toxic trio. Love, theft, and deceit unfold in quick succession when the woman, and the painting, suddenly go missing. It will take a strange turn of fate and a natural disaster to reunite the lawyer, the husband, and the artist with the woman they all love, hiding out in Australia--and when they find her they will be forced to reckon with the lies and betrayals of their shared past. This is an intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling novel--it is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak"--
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781101870716
1101870710
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Sch
Additional Contributors: Schmidt, Bradley - Translator

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Jul 14, 2017

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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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