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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jody Shields Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This haunting love story—the magnificent new historical novel by the author of the national bestseller The Fig Eater—makes the ravages of love and war unforgettably real.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Each characterization is truly unique…[Bailey] expertly instills emotion into her voice…And her spot-on mastery of American, British, and East Indian dialects imbues this literary thriller with believability and realism.”


  • “Shields’s second novel…constructs a complex labyrinth of jealousy, addiction, passion, and regret as it also presents a history of maxillofacial (re: plastic) surgery and the medical arts.…this provocative and elegant novel is recommended for serious fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tilden | 2/17/2014

    " Pretty boring novel, expected it to be better. Review in my NOTEBOOK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/10/2014

    " I remember liking this book when I read it. It's somewhat similar to Atonement, set in the same period. But months later, I barely remember the story -- which I think is most telling about a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Heather Knight | 1/31/2014

    " I just could not finish this book. I don't know if it was me or the book, but it was a bit like scraping my brain on asphalt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by blueemerald | 1/15/2014

    " Set in a country manor turned military hospital for soldiers who suffered disfiguring facial injuries in 1915 England. Pioneering doctors attempt to reconstruct faces (and lives). The lady of the house is a war-widow, rather enjoys her misery, falls in love with a patient, and petitions to reconstruct the patient's face to that of her husband. "

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About the Author

Jody Shields is a former design editor of the New York Times Magazine and a former editor at Vogue, House and Garden, and Details. She is the author of the nonfiction fashion books, All That Glitters and A Stylish History as well as the novel, The Fig Eater. Jody has also written several screenplays and has a master’s degree in art. Her prints are in various collections, including the Museum of Modern Art. She lives in New York.