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The Paris Wife

A Novel
McLain, Paula (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.
Authors: McLain, Paula
Title: The Paris wife
a novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xii, 320 p. ;,24 cm.
Summary: Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.
ISBN: 9780345521309
0345521307
Statement of Responsibility: Paula McLain
Subject Headings: Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 Marriage Fiction. Mowrer, Hadley Hemingway, 1891-1979 Fiction. Authors' spouses United States Fiction. Authors, American France Fiction. Expatriate authors France Fiction. Paris (France) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Topical Term: Authors' spouses
Authors, American
Expatriate authors
LCCN: 2010037878
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The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society, by Barbara J. Zitwer, also was a December 2012 Book Club Pick.

1920s Paris (of the “Lost Generation”) is captured beautifully in this book. The reader is transported into the Paris cafes, post-war Europe, and Pamplona bullfighting, told from the point of view of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley Richardson. The Paris Wife immerses the reader in this uniqu... Read More »

Comment by: DesPlainesReaders Nov 02, 2011

The Paris Wife is a fascinating read for anyone who's every taken an interest in Ernest Hemingway. While it is a fictional account of his life in Paris with first wife Hadley Richardson, Paula McLain did copious amount of research which give the narrative the feel of a historical memoir at points... Read More »

Comment by: lascorpia Mar 29, 2011

This is a wonderful love story about Hemingway's Parisian years. Ernest and Hadley romp through the Left Bank drinking absinthe, eating escargots and running into Scott and Zelda. Love conquers all, except ambition.


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Jun 28, 2014
  • pplanet1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This writer's style seemed effortless. She sets the scence for that era and what it was like. NO spoilers here but getting to know a slice if Hemmingways life before he became famous was so inspiring.

Jun 25, 2014
  • dollhouse_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like this book good read

NYPL Staff Pick
Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, Ernest and Hadley Hemingway set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively, volatile group.
- Selection Team

Apr 24, 2014
  • Christy67 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great read - very entertaining to think Hemmingway was as portrayed, along with a glimpse into what post-war Europe was like.

Read this very good book with caution. It will make you yearn to time-travel to Paris bars and cafes, to ski in the Alps and see bullfights in Spain. But perhaps not to be married to Ernest Hemingway.

Oct 04, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'd love to learn more about Hadley, and read a true biography about her.

Aug 01, 2013
  • lizip rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I am so disappointed. This book whilst well written is mostly just long and boring. There is no story line until 3/4 way through the book when the plot develops. Everything beforehand narrates long an tiresomely the day to day of a married couple. Whilst it gives insight into the depth of love between the couple, it is just too exhaustive and repetitive, as someone else also mentioned. Then the whole story is rushed to conclusion in the last 4 or 5 very brief chapters at the end. Yes it gave a taste of the biography of the real Ernest and Hadley's lives and sparked an interest to learn more about them, but do yourself a favor and read the non- fiction or Hemingway's real works instead.

loved learning about hemingway. had no idea. made me want to read him. interesting take on marriage.

Jul 06, 2013
  • nannyanne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It took me a while to get into this book. Halfway through, I still wasn't sure I would finish. The last third, though, had me hooked, and after I finished I started right in on Hemmingway's "A Moveable Feast."

Jul 01, 2013
  • Bookluvaa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a fantastic book! I feel like Paula McLain really captured Paris in the early 20th century.I couldn't help but cry my heart out at the end. I strongly suggest this book.

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Feb 07, 2012
  • michlmac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

michlmac thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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