The Woman on the Stairs: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 14, 2017 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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.
 

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The Woman on the Stairs

User 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 Stairs

User 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

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
7
Section 4
10
Section 5
12
Section 6
14
Section 7
17
Section 8
20
Section 15
94
Section 16
97
Section 17
100
Section 18
103
Section 19
155
Section 20
159
Section 21
161
Section 22
164

Section 9
22
Section 10
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Section 11
82
Section 12
85
Section 13
88
Section 14
90
Section 23
167
Section 24
170
Section 25
173
Section 26
176
Section 27
178
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Bernhard Schlink is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Reader. He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University of Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

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