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The Paris Wife (Hardcover)

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    A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet ......more

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A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

Paula McLain received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives in Cleveland with her family.

Author:
McLain, Paula
Genre:
FICTION / Biographical
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
320
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Publish Date:
02/22/2011
Copyright Year:
2011
ISBN:
9780345521309
Height:
9.5 in
Wdth:
6.5 in
Thickness:
1.5 in
Unit weight:
1.35 lb
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  • good read

    I am still reading this book, and enjoying it very much. I have only read one of Hemingway's books, and I loved it. I thought it would be interesting to read about the man. I recently saw Midnight in Paris, and it is about the same time period written about in The Paris Wife. Good movie, and good book,

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? yes
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? excellent
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    lvsfashion from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Feb 28, 2012

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  • Very quick mailing!

    I can't speak to the contents of the book, but I ordered two of them to give as gifts and both recipients were very happy. The shipping was fast, and cheap.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Exactly the same
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Perfect
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    missamerica48 from Cranston, Rhode Island, Dec 30, 2011

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  • A WHOLE NEW PART OF HEMMINGWAYS EARLY LIFE

    A VERY INTERESTING BOOK OF HEMINGWAYS EARLY LIFE AND HIS FIRST WIFE. THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER AND EXPERIENCES WITH MEETING PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED IS EARLY WRITINGS. GREAT DESCRIPTION OF PARIS AND THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS. ACUTALLY I AM STILL READING IT AND CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. OUR BOOK CLUB WILL BE READING THIS ONE!

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? FINE
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? BETTER THAN THE DESCRIPTION
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. THE BOOK IS HARDCOVER
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • The Paris Wife

    The Paris Wife was a source for "change" for me. For years I have read Hemingway's novels and biographies as well as his memoir, The Moveable Feast. What I had failed to comprehend was that behind the tough, macho sportsman-author was a very spoiled, petty child who used and abused friends, mentors and his wife, Hadley. A sad commentary on the man but an excellent book.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? good
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? good
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. fine quality
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Book Club reading list--The Paris Wife

    The book the Paris Wife was suggested for our neighborhood book club. My sister's club had already read the book. She gave the book an A+ for reading. I was happy to find it listed on O.Com.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Yes
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. The book arrived in perfect condition
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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