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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The Woman on the StairsUser Review - Sally Bissell - Book Verdict
Karl Schwind was an unknown German artist when he painted Woman on Staircase, running off with the model, Irene Gundlach, and leaving the artwork to her husband, who had commissioned it. Not satisfied ... Read full review
The Woman on the StairsUser Review - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict
In another tale of obsessive love from the author of the internationally best-selling The Reader, a brilliant but untested young lawyer takes a case regarding the painting of a woman. The painting is ... Read full review