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The Paris Wife

A Novel
McLain, Paula (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Paris Wife
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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. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Paula McLain
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
9780345521323
0345521323
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCLAIN 2011
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
Topical Term: Authors' spouses
Authors, American
Expatriate authors
LCCN: 2010037878
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Having read Hadley by Gioia Diliberto years prior, I was curious to see how the fictionalized version of Hemingway's first wife turned out. Both will make you sympathetic to the woman and the character.

This will make you yearn to time-travel to the 1920s so you can hang out in Paris bars and cafes, ski in the Alps, and go to bullfights in Spain, but this terrific book will not make you yearn to be married to Ernest Hemingway. This is also available on ebook.

Comment by: multcolib_dianaa Mar 04, 2014

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.

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.

Another time, another marriage -- this novel portrays the golden couple of the 1920s' “Lost Generation,” Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Although deeply in love, they are ill-prepared for the fast-paced, self-indulgent expatriate lifestyle and the marriage inevitably suffers. This novel foc... Read More »


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Oct 22, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Picked this one up to participate in All Pueblo Reads. This is not a book that I would have normally picked up but I was happy to find that I quite enjoyed it. It gave me a taste of wanderlust. After travelling the globe, I will now have to check out a bibliography on Ernest Hemingway, reread some of his book, and see if there is any more information out there on Hadley.

Not too far in, yet. I really like the narrative voice and have always liked the era.

Really enjoyed this book - especially historic references at the end.

Aug 29, 2014
  • Sukhtaro1610 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reading this book, I felt I was in the Paris of the 20's, hanging out at the cafes with the writers of the time. The writing is very good and has depth.

Jul 24, 2014
  • cmb8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

great read-enjoyed the story

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.

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

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