The Woman on the Stairs: A Novel
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - raizel - LibraryThing
A "coming of age" story, but about an elderly man who reconnects with a woman who disappointed him many years ago. As in real life, not everything is neatly explained by the end of the story. But the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - icolford - LibraryThing
The unnamed narrator of Bernhard Schlink’s novel The Woman on the Stairs operates at a safe distance from his feelings. In fact, he has been so successful at keeping his emotions in check that he ... Read full review