For May, Maxine has the dubious honor of book selection and she has picked "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. This phenomenal bestseller has been on my "to read" list for awhile so I'm really looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about!
Ripped straight off of the back cover -
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 the 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.
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 he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.
I hope to see you there!