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ISBN13: 9780345521309
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fortfive, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by fortfive)
loved this book so much I went and read some Hemingway...well written and beautiful love letter to Paris and a slice of time long ago...
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fortfive, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by fortfive)
loved this book so much I went and read some Hemingway...well written and beautiful love letter to Paris and a slice of time long ago...
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kitten60, May 24, 2012 (view all comments by kitten60)
Unhesitating recommendation for this bit of Hemmingway history. In Paris Hemmingway starts his career of writing and is lovingly supported by his dear wife Hadley. His writing is critiqued by f Scott Fitzgerald and other famous writers in the cafes of France. Hemmingway himself struggles. He questions himself. He and his wife are financially burdened. Hadley is a fully written description of Hemmingway's real first wife..she is incredible...it appears that she ends up being the love of Hemmingway's life...for all his dalliances...he never forgets the Hadley whose beauty and strength of character he will later miss.
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BookAddict, March 22, 2012 (view all comments by BookAddict)
I fell in love with this book right away. It is so interesting to read a book from Hadley's point of view. The author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader in and not letting you go until the last page.
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BookAddict, March 22, 2012 (view all comments by BookAddict)
I fell in love with this book right away. It is so interesting to read a book from Hadley's point of view. The author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader in and not letting you go until the last page.
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ISBN:
9780345521309
Author:
Mclain, Paula
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
McClain, Paula
Author:
McLain, Paula
Author:
Chiaverini, Jennifer
Author:
Bauer, Carlene
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
paris;fiction;hemingway;historical fiction;ernest hemingway;marriage;1920s;france;hadley richardson;relationships;novel;historical;writers;chicago;writing;romance;love;biographical fiction;divorce;gertrude stein;spain;adultery;literature;20th century;biog
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.26 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McLain (A Ticket to Ride) offers a vivid addition to the complex-woman-behind-the-legendary-man genre, bringing Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, to life. Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by the brash 'beautiful boy,' and after a brief courtship and small wedding, Hadley and Ernest take off for Paris, 'the place to be,' according to Sherwood Anderson. McLain ably portrays the cultural icons of the 1920s — Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, and Ezra and Dorothy Pound — and the impact they have on the then unknown Hemingway, casting Hadley as a rock of Gibraltar for a troubled man whose brilliance and talent were charged and compromised by his astounding capacity for alcohol and women. Hadley, meanwhile, makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career. The historical figure cameos sometimes come across as gimmicky, but the heart of the story — Ernest and Hadley's relationship — gets an honest reckoning, most notably the waves of elation and despair that pull them apart. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , "Dazzling and gorgeously written, Frances and Bernard features a pair of brilliant, complicated writers who present themselves to each other in letters that form the most exciting epistolary novel in recent memory. A slim book, it still seems to say all of the important things about friendship, faith, love, the literary life, and especially the costs of living as an artist while still inhabiting the real world. Its a marvel." —Ann Packer, author of The Dive from Clausens Pier and Songs Without Words
"Synopsis" by , Frances and Bernard meet in the summer of 1957. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can change the course of our lives. They find their way to New York and, for a few whirling years, each other. The city is a wonderland for young people with dreams: cramped West Village kitchens, parties stocked with the sharp-witted and glamorous, taxis that can take you anywhere at all, long talks along the Hudson as the lights of the Empire State Building blink on above. Inspired by the lives of Flannery OConnor and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard imagines, through new characters with charms entirely their own, what else might have happened. In the grandness of the fall, can we love another person so completely that we lose our dreams? In witness to all the wonder of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance, Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who help us discover who we are.
"Synopsis" by , A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a 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 and her life changes forever. 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 and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually 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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