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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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IslandPoet, February 10, 2014 (view all comments by IslandPoet)
McLain's book is presented as fiction, but based on what I have read elsewhere, it stays very true to the known facts about the lives of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Courtship, marriage, the move to Paris, and birth of their son "Bumby" are all rendered in exquisite period details through the eyes of Hadley. What began as a story of true love deteriorates into a tale of nightlife, alcohol excess, and infidelity as the young Hemingways are surrounded by the Paris celebrities of the Twenties. Fitzgerald, Stein, Pound and other luminaries of the time all make their memorable appearances. It was interesting to me that the downhill course of Hadley's marriage coincided with the rising fame and success of Ernest. The story is told with restraint and respect. I felt my heart breaking for both of them, but especially Hadley. A must-read for any fan of Hemingway, the Jazz Age, Twenties literature, or Paris in general.
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tw.moran, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by tw.moran)
Beautifully written - Though it is a historical fiction, I felt like I was reading a biography on Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson during the Jazz Age Pairs in the 20's. I found myself taking notes to learn more about the different places they traveled to or hang out at with their circle of friends from Gertrude Stein to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
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Candence, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Candence)
After viewing the fantastic movie "Midnight in Paris", it made perfect sense to read further on the life and adventures of Ernest Hemingway. This novel was well written and deeply engrossing as it captures the love between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, during their exciting years in Paris and abroad.
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jennithekid, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by jennithekid)
Great story and the writting style helps you feel emotionally involved with the characters.
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McLain, Paula
Ballantine Books
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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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