The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Posted by Jenny Arch on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 9:05am

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Hadley Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife (of five), narrates this tale of their relationship, their friends, and the city in which they live. Author Paula McLain does an impressive job of bringing not just the characters, but the atmosphere of the time and place to life as well: the Jazz Age of Paris in the 1920s. Readers encounter literary legends Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound. Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline, is also a character, and his final wife Mary makes a brief appearance as well. Hadley grows in strength and independence through the years, and as the title suggests, the story is more hers than Hemingway’s. This is a great book for fans of history and literature – and for those who like neat endings, an epilogue describes Hadley’s and Ernest’s last contact, in May 1961.