September Book Club Meeting, Alternative Meeting

Our September book is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley Richardson Hemingway. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Ernest Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

In the past, people have frequently been disappointed because they had read the book but "LIFE" interrupted their plans to attend the Thursday night discussion. For September we will offer 2 discussions on the book: 1 discussion at the normal time on Thursday, September 19 and 1 discussion on Saturday, September 21. Choose the date/time that best fits your schedule: attend one or attend both. 

Since our discussion is held at the Nordstrom Market Cafe, I plan on enjoying breakfast during our discussion. Eating or drinking is optional but I certainly plan on enjoying something to eat and drink during our discussion. The Nordstrom Market Cafe is located on the second floor of Norstroms in the Columbia Mall.


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.

Book Availability at the Howard Count Public Library

The Paris Wife is available for checkout at the Howard County Public Library. The Howard County Public Library has:

(37) Copies of the book.

(1) Copy as an Electronic book.

(9) Copies of the Book-On-CD.

(1) Copy as a downloadable audio.

This is a very popular book so make sure that you request this book from the Library early.

Howard County Library Central Branch

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044


Branch Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm

Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

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  • Pauline P.

    Interesting conversation !

    September 21, 2013

  • Leigh E.

    Loved meeting everyone and discussing the book.

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could go to this but already have plans at this time. :( wonderful book!

    September 21, 2013

  • Joanne

    I'm going to skip this month. I read the book last year and have been trying to get through the audio version in time for group, but just haven't been able to get into it. Maybe next month.

    September 20, 2013

  • Leslie

    I won't be able to read this book, but want to get a head start on the next book. Do you have a llist that your reading from? Or what is the next book for October? thanks

    September 20, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    Hi everyone, I'm looking forward to our Saturday morning discussion of "The Paris Wife". Here is a question to mull over:

    In many ways, Hadley is a very different person at the end of the novel than the girl who encounters Ernest by chance at a party. How do you understand her trajectory and transformation? Are there any ways she essentially doesn't change?

    See you Saturday.

    September 18, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Loved my first meeting in August. Great discussion. Will be there n September.

    August 21, 2013

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