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SOUTH HILLS - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Happy Valentines Day!

*Please bring Valentines Day treat or candy to share with the group.  You can also wear pink or red if you want :0)

*Please Bring a Chick Lit/Women's Fiction book suggestion if you have one!

Not sure what to bring?  A chick lit or women's fiction book that is out in Paperback. Here is the definition of Chick Lit: Chick lit is genre fiction within women's fiction which addresses issues of modern women often humorously and lightheartedly. We also read women's fiction.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain


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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  • Kristy

    Enjoyed the decision last night.

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    This book gave us a lot of discussion, most of us enjoyed it especially the first third & last third, middle was a little boring. But, loved learning more about the 20's in Paris & the artist scene.

    February 6, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    6 of us made it!

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Can u tell Als it will be 6 or 7

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    There will be at least 6

    February 5, 2014

  • Christina C.

    Sorry about that! Stupid phone!!

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Haha we are on the way

    February 5, 2014

  • Christina C.

    I just got here. Couldn't waste anymore time at TJ Maxx, so I just drove over.

    February 5, 2014

  • Christina C.

    I just got here. Couldn't waste anymore time at TJ Maxx, so I just drove over. Hurry! I'm all by myself!!

    February 5, 2014

  • Christina C.

    I just got here. Couldn't waste anymore time at TJ Maxx, so I just drove over. Hurry! I'm all by myself!!

    February 5, 2014

  • Christina C.

    I just got here. Couldn't waste anymore time at TJ Maxx, so I just drove over. Hurry! I'm all by myself!!

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Sweet

    February 5, 2014

  • Joyce O

    Just got home in BP. Roads not an issue. I'll be there :)

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    For everyone who is wondering at Bk club tonight kristy Jessica and myself at least are going!

    February 5, 2014

  • Susan

    Bethel park is usually a little bad taking care of roads. I heard an inch more snow and it's really windy now. Safe travels and good luck.

    February 5, 2014

    • Lindsey B.

      Thx girl! Nothing on radar I'm going!

      February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    I'm still going tonight. Nothing happening here in canonsBurg!

    February 5, 2014

  • Becky

    Sorry, but I'm going to have to cancel, because it's getting bad where I am. I really wanted to discuss the book, too, b/c I loved it! Maybe next month! Have fun!

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Don't forget your valentines treat or candy!

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Susan, maybe it will be better for you tonight. If not we will miss ya!

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    I am looking forward to getting out of the house tonight. Glad the snow/sleet is done!

    February 5, 2014

  • Susan

    Weather is too bad for me. I really was looking forward to discussing this book. I have the enhanced Kindle version, which has links to the internet which pictures of the places and people the Heminways actually met. Hopefully, next month will be better.

    February 5, 2014

  • Liselle

    Sorry I'll miss everyone but I'm swamped at work so I'm staying late. See you next month.

    February 5, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    hopefully by wednesday night snow will be OVER!

    February 3, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Don't forget Valentines candy or treats ladies!
    And bring a chick lit /women's fiction book to suggest if you can.

    February 3, 2014

  • Sue

    Hubby will be out of town.

    February 2, 2014

  • Liselle

    I'll be there as long as the weather isn't bad.

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Hi Becky,
    Our main book club organizer, Susan, needs to manually update your account since the money was given to me in person. I emailed her this morning about it. But, in the meantime I was able to add you to this meet up as a Yes. :0)

    January 9, 2014

  • Becky

    Lindsey, I paid my dues last night, but it won't let me sign up. I definitely plan to be there unless I have to work! I'll keep you posted.

    January 9, 2014

  • Janet

    I hope you all like this book as much as I did. Of course, I love EVERYTHING "Hemingway"!! I am sorry to miss this discussion - but I'll be arriving in Tucson that day!!!

    1 · January 9, 2014

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