August Book Group: The Paris Wife

  • August 10, 2014 · 4:00 PM
  • Nilam's Apartment

I'll email everyone my address the week of our book group! 

*Also, I set a limit to 12 (mainly because of seating issues) but if people don't mind sitting on the floor, I'm happy to let in 'wait-listers'! 

We'll be reading The Paris Wife ( for our August Book Group! 

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wifecaptures 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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  • Maggi

    Sorry this is last minute but I am not going to make it this afternoon! Loved the book!!!

    August 10

  • Lindsay

    I'm not going to make it this time, family ended up coming out, and I won't be in town on Sunday.

    August 4

  • Emma K.

    I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Nilam's tomorrow afternoon! (Nilam, did you email your address yet?) If you're interested in hosting next time, bring some suggestions (titles and maybe some quick plot summaries) and we'll decide on a book for September!

    August 9

  • Emma K.

    Since we were considering reading his book for this meeting, I thought I'd mention here that BJ Novak is reading from his new children's book at the Bozeman library on Sunday at 11am. It's kind of a big get for the library and I loved him on the Office, so I'm gonna check it out.

    1 · July 4

    • Lindsay

      Nice! Enjoy it. Woe of woes, I have to work Sunday, because the beast of consumer society never sleeps.

      July 4

    • Nilam A. P.

      Ah! I wasn't able to make it because I was in Virginia - how was he? Amazing I bet, I'm so jealous!

      July 9

  • Lindsay

    I recommend reading A Moveable Feast in tandem with this book.

    1 · July 3

  • Emma K.

    These are all great suggestions, and I'm leaning toward The Paris Wife. I just finished listening to all 30 (!) hours of The Goldfinch and it was excellent, though kind of absurdly long. Nilam, should we go with The Paris Wife on August 10th?

    June 15

  • Maggi

    These were all wonderful choices but I think I am leaning toward the Goldfinch or The Paris Wife.

    June 2

    • Maggi

      oh and August 10th. Can't do the 3rd.

      June 10

  • Lindsay

    The Goldfinch. Either date works for me.

    June 10

  • Helena

    I vote August 10th and for The Paris Wife. Thanks for the suggestions!

    June 2

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