The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink (28/52)

The beauty of a painting and its subject become the center of a romantic, legal and moral tug-of-war. Schlink writes poetically the painting that the image is easily imagined. The dynamics of these disparate characters, the eccentric artist, the wealthy businessman, the naive lawyer and the beguiling beauty, demonstrates the power of perspective in a novel. This is not Schlink at his very best, but he is definitely swinging for the fences. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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