The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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Read The Paris Wife Online Free - 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.

Title : The Paris Wife
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ISBN : 0345521307
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 314 pages


Petra X rated it ★★★★☆

May 05, 2015

Several lessons to be learned from Ernest Hemingway's first wife on how he got his second one: 1) If you can't be sweet and submissive at least be lively and rich. 2) If you still have post-pregnancy weight from a baby your husband didn't really want and have to stay in to look after it, then don't...

Lena rated it ★★★★★

May 11, 2016

The Paris Wife made me remember why I love historical fiction so much. McLain not only captures the atmosphere, but she does it with striking prose. I was not surprised to learn she'd published a book of poetry prior to this. I just finished this book and I'm a little overwhelmed by it, but I'll...

Brad rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2011

I've never been a fan of fictionalized works of authors' lives, and the fact that The Paris Wife recounts my favourite author's life during the writing of my favourite book of all time, The Sun Also Rises, antagonized the hell out of me. It didn't bode well. But I promised my sister I'd give it a...

Karla rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 04, 2010

ARC won on Goodreads Giveaway Maybe a reader has to be a Hemingway fan to enjoy this book, but I've sometimes found the artist interesting even if I don't give a fig for their art. Sometimes an author has even given me a new appreciation for someone I was previously ambivalent about. This didn't h...

Sheila rated it ★★★★☆

April 27, 2013

Dear Hadley Richardson, I will admit that having just finished this historical novel about your marriage to Ernest Hemingway, I have now googled you and read a wikipedia article about your life. I am happy to read that you apparently lived happily ever after with your second husband out of the lim...

Jaline rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2017

I was in Grade 8 at school when I read “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway. I also read the other few of his books that were on the shelf. We didn’t have a library in our school – the bookshelves lined the back wall of the classroom, and when I close my eyes I can see the shelf where his boo...

Rose rated it ★★★☆☆

February 17, 2018

3 stars only because I didn't know much about them, so I learned some things. To me, this book felt flat. Like a travel diary with lots of name dropping. We went _____, we met _____. I didn't really feel for Hadley. I didn't really feel for young Ernest. She lost him to another woman. She was better of...

JoAnne rated it ★★★★★

January 27, 2015

The PARIS WIFE is a mesmerizing novel about Paris in the 1920’s featuring the bohemian “Lost Generation”. It is the touching and heartbreaking story of the love affair and marriage of literature’s original “bad boy” Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson Hemingway. Following a whir...

Lauren rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 11, 2011

This one just wasn't really my cup of tea. The beginning was alright, but after Hadley and Ernest get married I lost interest. I really had an issue with Hadley's character and I wasn't sympathetic towards her at all. She was such a whiny pushover. Now that I think about it I don't know if she wa...

Madeline rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 14, 2015

"It was sometimes painful for me to think that to those who followed his life with interest, I was just the early wife, the Paris wife. But that was probably vanity, wanting to stand out in a long line of women. In truth, it didn't matter what others saw. We knew what we had and what it meant, an...

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