Woman looks at reflection in mirror

The Crimson Portrait

Jody Shields

Set in a bustling military hospital, an  increasingly fragile widow finds unexpected solace in the company of a wounded officer whose mutilateded face, concealed by bandages, she cannot see. Their affair takes an unexpected turn when fate presents her with an opportunity: to remake her lover – with the unwitting help of a visionary surgeon and a woman artist – in the image of her lost husband...

Inspired by the little-known but extraordinary collaboration between artists and surgeons in the treatment and rehabilitation of wounded men during the First World War,

Contemporary fictionWar
Publishing Details:
Black Swan, 2008

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