The Paris Wife
by Author Name Paula McLain
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- List Price: €11.99
- Format: Paperback, 196 x 125 x 26mm, 400pp
- Publication date: 05 Jan 2012
- Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
- ISBN-13: 9781844086689
Hadley Richardson has resigned herself to a life of modern spinsterhood in 1920s Chicago when she meets an up-and-coming young novelist called Ernest Hemingway. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, they travel to Paris to live amongst other writers and artists. But life in Paris is not as fulfilling as the Hemingways had hoped and cracks soon begin to appear in the marriage – even as Ernest's career begins to take off. Hadley is portrayed as a sympathetic character, able to cope both with Hemingway's many eccentricities as a writer and with his emotional, psychological baggage from the First World War. If you enjoyed the movie Midnight in Paris, you will appreciate this more realistic depiction of the Hemingways’ life in Paris. It is a fascinating, heart-breaking story of two people whose love for each other just isn’t enough.
- Helen Corcoran, Grafton St
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity. Ernest and Hadley's marriage begins to founder, and the birth of a beloved son serves only to drive them further apart. Then, at last, Ernest's ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition - not least from a woman intent on making him her own ...