The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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"A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s--as a wife and as one's own woman."-- Entertainment Weekly
 
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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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People * Chicago Tribune * NPR * The Philadelphia Inquirer * Kirkus Reviews * The Toronto Sun * BookPage
 
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2012.
Edition: Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780345521316
0345521315
Characteristics: xii, 331 p. ; 21 cm.

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Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson, is the subject of McLain's bestselling novel.


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Mar 15, 2017

It was kind of slow at times. Had to make myself continue reading it at times. But I'm glad I did finish it. I suggest reading it BEFORE A Moveable Feast because the Moveable Feast was easier to understand already knowing the history of the characters. Hemingway must have been quite a guy! Seems that suicide was sort of a trait in that family. Grandaughter Margaux Hemingway for one. I will read several of his other books too. Also, FS Fitz and Tomas Wolfe. BTW....watch the movie GENIUS with Colin Firth and Jude Law. I enjoyed it so much. I recommend it because it really helps you understand all those authors. Jude Law portraying Thomas Wolf working with Colin Firth's Max Perkins (who published Wolf's and other's books) was very very good. Tells you the story of those men and their friendships. It's part of history
learning about those families. I also wanted to say that I'm going to rent the Paris Wife again simply because I want to re read the final letter that Hadley sent to Hem about their divorce. It was so generous and unselfish of her. I have to read it again, it was a beautiiiiful letter the way she worded it. CASmith

PinesandPrejudice Nov 01, 2016

I enjoyed the writing style as well as the in depth look at Paris during this time. However, I did not have a lot of sympathy for the characters and the structure of the book bothered me. I wish there was more to it, more story more depth. But you knew how this story ended, she tells you in the beginning if you didn't know the history. So I thought there would be some new discovery, something interesting to explore but there wasn't. It's just the sad story of a failed marriage.

AL_TATYANA Oct 18, 2016

What a remarkable time: Jazz age in Paris: so many iconic names. Also the time when traditional family principles were not valued. How will Hemingway and his wife Hadley fit into it?
A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty.
Good read!

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uncommonreader
Sep 23, 2016

These lives are so well documented that one wonders what this book adds to one's understanding of these people and their times. Why celebrate how men treated women and women treated women? Their actions were not grounded in any beliefs about living differently but only in their personal concerns. The book is quite readable, but the dialogue is sometimes awkward.

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atfrancis
Sep 17, 2016

An engaging and tenderhearted story written from the perspective of Ernest Hemingway's first wife Hadley. Parallels the book A Moveable Feast by Hemingway. To partake of the entire feast read both books. It doesn't matter which you read first.

AL_ALICIA Aug 09, 2016

McLain breathed new life into 1920's literary icons for me through the perspective of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, trying to find her place in an unpredictable world. The portrayal of their deep love for one another and tumultuous relationship, kept me engaged to the very last page. I was so interested in the characters, I immediately picked up "A Moveable Feast" to discover more from Hemingway's perspective.

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elephant303
Nov 12, 2015

Despite its fictional theme, this book portrays love life of Ernest Hemingway with Hadley and how it changed. I was fascinated with all the artist's characters and their social life in 19th century Paris. I really enjoyed this book and felt that I know more about Ernest Hemingway life and his writing.

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pheasant44
Oct 18, 2015

ernest hemmingway's wife

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KathyS82
Sep 18, 2015

A nice book that took you back in time to Paris and their lives back then. I enjoyed it as I learnt more about a famous writer and his life and time travelled back to another time.

CDelaney62 Aug 18, 2015

I have to agree with some of the other comments I have read. This is an okay book. Wouldn't rush to recommend it.

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