The Paris Wife

A Novel

McLain, Paula

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Paris Wife
Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345521309
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 24 cm


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Nov 04, 2014
  • PickyReader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absorbing and fascinating.

Oct 22, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Picked this one up to participate in All Pueblo Reads. This is not a book that I would have normally picked up but I was happy to find that I quite enjoyed it. It gave me a taste of wanderlust. After travelling the globe, I will now have to check out a bibliography on Ernest Hemingway, reread some of his book, and see if there is any more information out there on Hadley.

Not too far in, yet. I really like the narrative voice and have always liked the era.

Really enjoyed this book - especially historic references at the end.

Aug 29, 2014
  • Sukhtaro1610 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reading this book, I felt I was in the Paris of the 20's, hanging out at the cafes with the writers of the time. The writing is very good and has depth.

Jul 24, 2014
  • cmb8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

great read-enjoyed the story

Jun 28, 2014
  • pplanet1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This writer's style seemed effortless. She sets the scence for that era and what it was like. NO spoilers here but getting to know a slice if Hemmingways life before he became famous was so inspiring.

Jun 25, 2014
  • dollhouse_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like this book good read

NYPL Staff Pick
Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, Ernest and Hadley Hemingway set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively, volatile group.
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Apr 24, 2014
  • Christy67 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great read - very entertaining to think Hemmingway was as portrayed, along with a glimpse into what post-war Europe was like.

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