October Book Discussion

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

A New York Times bestseller, The Paris Wife is a deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal which 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 becomeThe 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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  • Susan C.

    I enjoyed meeting the group and talking about the book.

    October 14

  • Amber A.

    I've actually read this book, so I'll be attending. So excited to meet you all and visit the Cappuccino Cafe, as I'm new to Bay Ridge, and both activities were on my list :) Have a wonderful weekend, all.

    October 7

  • Christine G.

    I am a new member and look forward to joining you, unfortunately I can't make it this time. I will try for the November meeting.

    October 6

  • Di B.

    Forgot that I have a prior commitment.

    October 5

  • Di B.

    Forgot that I have a prior commitment.

    October 5

  • Michael

    Sorry, I will not be able to tead this book.

    October 1

  • michelle

    Sorry all. I just joined a few days ago and don't think I will have time to pick up the book for the October discussion but am going to pick up Defending Jacob so I'm ready for November ...Looking forward to meeting everyone

    1 · September 30

  • michelle

    Hi all, Im new to the club but will definitely try to pick up the book and try to meet up with you on the 13th. I look forward to meeting everyone

    September 28

  • Janice D.

    I picked up The Paris Wife and got through the prologue before I hit complete and total reader's block. It's not the book that's the problem. It's definitely me. I haven't been able to read ANYTHING for 11 days! So I am regretfully opting out of the October discussion until I regain the ability to process the written word. Have fun at what will undoubtedly be a very engaging conversation.

    September 27

  • Susan R.

    Hmm, this appears to be a popular book! It should be an interesting evening. We might break into 2 smaller groups if many do show that evening, as it becomes difficult to hear the discussion when the table is too long. I'm looking forward to the evening.

    September 13

  • Janice D.

    I'm going to try to attend this discussion but it's a supremely busy week for me and I may have to cancel.

    September 6

  • Mary b.

    Great book! Gonna read it again!

    September 6

  • Carmela C.

    My cousin is also in a book club in NJ. She suggested two books that their club read and enjoyed. Defending Jacob, William Landay and Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline. She said they are similar reads and out of the two would highly recommend Defending Jacob. Not sure if these have been on the poll list previously.

    July 16

    • Susan R.

      Carmela, Defending Jacob was previously polled. Please email me your suggestions directly, otherwise it might take me months to find your post. Thanks for the input!

      September 2

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