February Meetup: The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

The $5 fee goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space.

For February, we will be reading The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain.

Book description:  A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife 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 become The 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.

Please arrive between 6:30 and 7 so that you can browse and shop in the store - Time Tested has a lot of great new and used books! - and get situated. The meeting discussion will begin at 7.

Reminder: Time Tested is happy to order a book for you if they don't have it on the shelves - and it's easy! Just call or stop by... they put in orders on Tuesdays and it is often available that Thursday. Be sure to let them know you are with the Sacramento Women's Book Club.


Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). Thanks!

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  • Liya

    Great group of ladies! Hearty round of discussion. Always a pleasure to see you all!

    February 21, 2013

  • Sher

    Darn it, I just plain forgot, and I really wanted to hear what you all thought! See you next time!

    February 21, 2013

  • Angela

    Had a wonderful time!

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Jamie C.

    Enjoyable evening. Great conversation, wonderful ladies with eclairs & butterfly cookies to boot. Thank you :)

    2 · February 21, 2013

  • virgie s.

    I am sorry to have missed this event. injured knee acting up again :-(

    February 21, 2013

  • Hilda C.

    Feeling a little under the weather...

    February 20, 2013

  • Lacy Nicole D.

    Sorry got stuck out of town

    February 19, 2013

  • Irene

    I haven't had time to read the book but hope to see you all next month. Irene

    February 14, 2013

  • Liya

    For anyone interested in meeting the author, Paula McLain will be at the Main Library on February 7th.
    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/23/5068797/paris-wife-author-to-visit-bee.html

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • Michelle Kokones B.

    I'll be out of town :-( Maybe March!

    January 26, 2013

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