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    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.
    “A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s—as a wife and as one’s own woman.”—Entertainment Weekly

    A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the 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. 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 Fitzgerald.

    Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will becomeThe Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they 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.



    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People • Chicago Tribune • NPR •The Philadelphia Inquirer • Kirkus Reviews • The Toronto Sun • BookPage

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    ISBN 9780345521316
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Paperback
    Pages 331
    Publisher Date 2012-11-27 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Ballantine Books
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.75 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Includes Reading Group Guide
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors McLain, Paula

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    • Love, love this book!

      This book was excellent and I highly recommend it, especially to those interested in historical fiction or Hemmingway. I really liked Hadley's character and also the dialogue regarding the social circle they kept - pretty racy and eccentric.

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