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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: Toronto : Bond Street Books, c2011
Characteristics: xii, 320 p. ; 25 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.
Awards & Distinctions: Fiction, New, 2011_02
Local Note: 20110223 neb
ISBN: 9780385669221
Branch Call Number: FIC
Statement of Responsibility: Paula McLain
Subject Headings: Expatriate authors France Fiction Paris (France) Fiction Authors, American France Fiction Authors' spouses United States Fiction Mowrer, Hadley Hemingway, 1891-1979 Fiction Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 Marriage Fiction
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Topical Term: Expatriate authors
Authors, American
Authors' spouses
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Comment by: Sukhtaro1610 Aug 29, 2014

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.

Novelists' wives: narratives from the point of view of wives of famous novelists.

List - April in Paris! by: vpl_oakridge Apr 10, 2012

Action-packed Jazz-age Paris is the backdrop for this tale of love and heartache between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. "The Paris Wife" provides an alternate view to Hemingway's masterpiece "A Moveable Feast."


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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.

michlmac thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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