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ISBN13: 9780345521316
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A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness — until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group — the fabled “Lost Generation” — that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage — a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

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Review:

“A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s — as a wife and as one’s own woman.” Entertainment Weekly

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“[Paula] McLain has brought Hadley [Hemingway] to life in a novel that begins in a rush of early love....A moving portrait of a woman slighted by history, a woman whose...story needed to be told.” The Boston Globe

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The Paris Wife creates the kind of out-of-body reading experience that dedicated book lovers yearn for, nearly as good as reading Hemingway for the first time — and it doesn’t get much better than that.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

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“Exquisitely evocative....This absorbing, illuminating book gives us an intimate view of a sympathetic and perceptive woman, the striving writer she married, the glittering and wounding Paris circle they were part of....McLain reinvents the story of Hadley and Ernest’s romance with the lucid grace of a practiced poet.” The Seattle Times

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“A novel that’s impossible to resist. It’s all here, and it all feels real.” People

Synopsis:

An instant national bestseller, this stunningly evocative, beautifully rendered story told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, has the same power and historical richness that made Loving Frank a bestseller.

No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view — that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her."

About the Author

Paula McLain received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives in Cleveland with her family.

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Witz, December 19, 2014 (view all comments by Witz)
An introduction into the lives of one famous writer and his "co-dependent" wife long before fame/fortune...

It is a shame that Hadley, Ernest Hemingway's first wife from a very small town, came across as so weak-willed and fawning in this story. I found both of them to be dislikable for different reasons, according the the book's descriptions, though it seemed plausible that Hemingway needed someone to come home to who would be 100% devoted to his needs. Best sections described the vignettes leading up to the writing of "The Sun Also Rises" and how Hadley's presence during all the festivities were erased so that her husband could flirt/then include Brett as the female lead in that story. Writing quality overall is fair but not outstanding in any way.
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Sheila Deeth, November 1, 2014 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Ernest Hemingway, today, seems an acquired taste, one I acquired in college and have neglected ever since. But his wife - Paris wife, first wife - was most certainly an unknown ot me, so it was intriguing to see her brought to life in Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife. Other famous characters weave in and out the tale - with much weaving due to much consumption of alcohol. And famous events - prohibition, war and more - form a powerful backdrop. But, for me, the most powerful part of the backdrop was the casual name-dropping of even more well-known names from a previous era - not so long-gone after all. Somehow meeting characters who met characters who knew the poets of old made this story all the more absorbing.

The depiction of Europe between the wars, of excess and folly, and a land just opening itself to tourism’s deception, makes an ideal backdrop to a tale where war’s folly and alcohol’s excess will destroy the perfection of true love. Despite their drunkenness and repeated quarrels, the characters remain accessible and believable. And even quiet Hadley has a power of her own, not so retreating as she seems, nor so simperingly weak. There’s a strength in her decisions that grows from the beginning of the novel to its end, and the tragedy of her broken marriage will mirror the tragedies of treaties soon to be broken in a war-wounded world.

The story’s slow at times, but occasional glimpses into Hemingway’s thoughts, the weaving of well-known characters with strangers, and the convincing depiction of Hadley’s gradual growth makes it a powerful, fascinating tale, to be savored and enjoyed.

Disclosure: A kind friend loaned me her copy.
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AnnS, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by AnnS)
Having read The Movable Feast, this is enjoyable. Even though it is fiction, I find that I remember sections of The Movable Feast very clearly. It is interesting to read from Hadley's point of view. Good read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345521316
Author:
McLain, Paula
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121127
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.98 x 5.34 x 0.9 in 0.72 lb

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Product details 352 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345521316 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s — as a wife and as one’s own woman.”
"Review" by , “[Paula] McLain has brought Hadley [Hemingway] to life in a novel that begins in a rush of early love....A moving portrait of a woman slighted by history, a woman whose...story needed to be told.”
"Review" by , The Paris Wife creates the kind of out-of-body reading experience that dedicated book lovers yearn for, nearly as good as reading Hemingway for the first time — and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
"Review" by , “Exquisitely evocative....This absorbing, illuminating book gives us an intimate view of a sympathetic and perceptive woman, the striving writer she married, the glittering and wounding Paris circle they were part of....McLain reinvents the story of Hadley and Ernest’s romance with the lucid grace of a practiced poet.”
"Review" by , “A novel that’s impossible to resist. It’s all here, and it all feels real.”
"Synopsis" by , An instant national bestseller, this stunningly evocative, beautifully rendered story told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, has the same power and historical richness that made Loving Frank a bestseller.

No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view — that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her."

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