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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: 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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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.

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.

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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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