The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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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  • Cynthia

    I liked it! I thought it was interesting to hear about Paris before WW2, their lifestyle and the personal life of E. Hemingway. The author did a good job of re-creating the scene without embellishing too much.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Diane S.

    Wonderful as always. Glad to see and meet new friends too!!

    October 13, 2013

  • Judy

    I will be there. Really enjoyed the book!

    October 12, 2013

  • Jeannie H

    Hi Everyone - I was just there a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday. They must have just changed it. Let's meet at McMenamins John Barleycorn's - 14610 Southwest Sequoia Parkway Tigard, OR

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Cynthia

    see y'all at Mcmenimins this afternoon!

    October 12, 2013

  • Diane S.

    Jeannie just went by to make sure I knew where it was and to my surprise it's closed on Saturday and Sunday! Is there a plan B?

    October 12, 2013

  • Melinda

    Jeannie, I may have to cancel tonight due to potential family conflicts. I won't know until later tonight, but wanted to give you a heads up. Love this group, so will be disappointed if I have to miss it! I'll keep you updated!

    October 12, 2013

  • Melinda

    Jeannie, I may have to cancel tonight due to potential family conflicts. I won't know until later tonight, but wanted to give you a heads up. Love this group, so will be disappointed if I have to miss it! I'll keep you updated!

    October 12, 2013

  • Laurie P.

    Sorry I missed the movie............. Looking forward to the meet up on Sat. Furiously, trying to finish the book.

    October 8, 2013

  • Cynthia

    The Paris Wife sounds great!

    September 29, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    Wish I could go, but I have a conflict with another event on the 12th.

    September 28, 2013

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