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“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 become The 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 PeopleChicago Tribune • NPR • The Philadelphia Inquirer • Kirkus Reviews • The Toronto Sun • BookPage
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The Paris Wife
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January 26th, 2014
Paris in 1920's was magical. I loved reading this book, gives you such a different perspective on how it really was. It's a sad story but a good story. Loved it.
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January 25th, 2014
A very interesting story, I really enjoyed it and couldn't put the book down.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book is absolutely took me a few weeks to finish but I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end! I am always interested in historical/fictional books, and this was a winner in my opinion! Would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in Ernest Hemingway and is open to a different but brilliant interpretation. Loved it.
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October 4th, 2013
Easy to read; interesting reading material about Hemingway's early years incorporated into a great novel. Really enjoyable.
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The Paris Wife
August 31st, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. Great period in time and really interesting to hear of Hemmingways life before fame.
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