The Paris Wife is a France historical romance fiction about Ernest Hemingway written by Paula McLain. First released by Ballantine Books in February 22nd 2011, author has created a distinct, beautiful voice for Hadley (Hemingway’s fist wife), that was full of hope and despair and resolve.
The Paris Wife Summary
No 20th century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view —that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”
The Paris Wife Review and Recommendation
Impeccably researched, and based upon biographies and letters McLain not only vividly brings 1920’s Paris to life, but also gives voice to Hadley, a remarkable woman in her own right. The Paris Wife not only examines the fictional live of a great American writer and his first wife, it also encourages readers to ponder the traditional roles assigned to “artist” and spouse, as well as the use and function of traditional marriage and monogamy. Readers will find themselves immersed and reluctant to leave this outstanding novel.