Friday Morning Bookclub

February 7, 2011

The Paris Wife By Paula McLain

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Paris Wife — susanbright @ 10:26 pm

I love a book that transports me to a different place and time and that is exactly what happened when I read Paula McLain’s newest novel The Paris Wife. Suddenly I was living in the 1920’s among such famous people as Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, to name a few. Mclain manages to bring to life these very colorful characters.

The Paris Wife is a beautifully written love story between  Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. Hadley was 28 years old when she met 21 year old Ernest at a party of a mutual friend, Kate. Although Kate warned her about the charming Ernest, Hadley could not but help fall in love with him. The couple married and moved to Paris where Hemingway struggled to make a living, often writing for publications that he felt were beneath him.

Together they traveled to exotic places and partied with the rich and famous.  Their story is told though the voice of Hadley and I was able to feel her joy as well as her pain. It is a story of love, temptation and betrayal. The Paris Wife was a joy to read!


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