A tale of obsession, possession and a mystery painting from the internationally bestselling author of THE READER.
For decades the painting was believed to be lost.
But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney. The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the woman in the painting, the woman on the stairs.
One by one they track her down to an isolated cottage in Australia. Here they must try to untangle the lies and betrayals of their shared past - but time is running out.
THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS is an intricately-crafted, poignant and beguiling novel about creativity and love, about the effects of time passing and the regrets that haunt us all.
For generations to come, people will be reading and marveling over Bernhard Schlink's The Reader - Evening Standard
A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding. - Ruth Rendell
Leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart... a moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful work. - New York Times
As compelling as any thriller - The Times on The Reader
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany is 1944. A professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the internationally bestselling novels THE READER, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, and THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS; the short story collections FLIGHTS OF LOVE and SUMMER LIES, and several prize-winning crime novels. His latest novel, OLGA, was a #1 bestseller internationally and will be published in English in 2020.
He lives in Berlin and New York.