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July Book: The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain

We'll meet upstairs at Kevin Barry's (in the room with the buffet tables set up for events).

About the book- Words from the author:
Most of us know or think we know who Ernest Hemingway was -- a brilliant writer full of macho swagger, driven to take on huge feats of bravery and a pitcher or two of martinis -- before lunch. But beneath this man or myth, or some combination of the two, is another Hemingway, one we’ve never seen before. Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife, is the perfect person to reveal him to us -- and also to immerse us in the incredibly exciting and volatile world of Jazz-age Paris.

The idea to write in Hadley’s voice came to me as I was reading Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, about his early years in Paris. In the final pages, he writes of Hadley, “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” That line, and his portrayal of their marriage -- so tender and poignant and steeped in regret -- inspired me to search out biographies of Hadley, and then to research their brief and intense courtship and letters -- they wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages of delicious pages to another!

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Hadley, and through her eyes, with the young Ernest Hemingway. He was just twenty when they met, handsome and magnetic, passionate and sensitive and full of dreams. I was surprised at how much I liked and admired him -- and before I knew it, I was entirely swept away by their gripping love story.

I hope you will be as captivated by this remarkable couple as I am -- and by the fascinating world of Paris in the 20’s, the fast-living, ardent and tremendously driven Lost Generation.

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  • Ruvan W.

    Great to see so many new faces! Sorry I was late, I parked far away and my legs are short

    July 27, 2013

  • Eric D.

    Sorry I missed. I enjoyed the book and would have enjoyed discussing it. I hope to attend a meeting soon.

    July 27, 2013

  • Ruvan W.

    Looking for parking

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm out of town this weekend! So sad I can't come I will try next month

    July 25, 2013

    • Elle

      Boo! Hopefully we'll see you in August!

      July 25, 2013

  • helen a.

    DANG!!! I cannot believe this...tomorrow night is family birthday dinner with the in-laws for my daughter's 14th birthday...I miss you guys terribly...hopefully I will be available in August!

    July 25, 2013

    • Elle

      Lies! All terrible lies! Just kidding... Really hope you can make it back next month!

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well crap, I had intended on going but ended up with a schedule conflict. See you in August, and don't have too much fun without me!

    July 23, 2013

    • Elle

      Boo. Hopefully next month!!

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joined the group too late to find the book and read it. Possibly for next month though

    July 23, 2013

  • Chelsea D.

    New to the group and Savannah, looking forward to chatting about this book!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time last month. You guys/gals set the bar pretty high, and are now required to meet my expectations on a monthly basis! ;-)

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Cynthia B.

    I've been on the list for over a year and this will be the first time! I can't wait!

    1 · June 27, 2013

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