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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 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 becomeThe 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.

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    ISBN 9780345521309
    Genre FICTION / Biographical
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 320
    Publisher Date 2011-02-22 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Ballantine Books
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 9.5 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.35 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors McLain, Paula
    Country of Origin United States

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    • good read
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      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,

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      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.

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    • A WHOLE NEW PART OF HEMMINGWAYS EARLY LIFE
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      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!

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    • The Paris Wife
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      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.

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      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.

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