I've been on a major reading kick lately. Most likely because I've been sick and haven't felt like doing much else.
After reading Hemingway's Girl which you HAVE to read I knew I had to read this book as well. Plus Erika Robuck's new book Call Me Zelda won't be out until May 7th.
The Paris Wife goes a bit further back in time than Hemingway's Girl and focuses on Hemingway's first wife, Hadley. The relationship between Hadley and Ernest is well documented. Hemingway's final book is about their marriage and love.
What I loved about this book is really seeing the characters come to life. McLain's dialouge is natural and easy.
The book is also full of other famous people such as Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound.
I love reading about the 20's and especially 20's Paris. However, this was quite the different viewpoint because we get to see the world, and the artists in that world, through Hadley's eyes. We get to travel with her as she falls in love with Ernest and helps him to grow into the Hemingway whose writing we love. We watch as she remains traditional and struggles with her role as a wife and woman. We watch as Pauline enters the picture, and if you are a Hemingway fan, you know who Pauline is.
We feel Hadley's pain and loss.
This is a book you truly don't want to miss.
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