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
Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm
Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm