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The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

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 . . .
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 3rd March 2011

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780748119257

Reviews

With vivid, memorable touches . . . McLain captures Hemingway's legendary charisma, and his fatal tendencies
Sarah Churchwell, Guardian
Hadley is a deeply touching character, dignified even as she loses almost everything she's loved, and making her goodness both convincing and interesting is an impressive feat
Olivia Laing, Guardian
As much about life and how we try to catch it as it is about love even as it vanishes . . . utterly absorbing
Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress
A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s - as a wife and as one's own woman
Entertainment Weekly
[A] beautifully imagined novel . . . sharp, unsparing and delivered in a pared-down prose that the great man himself would have applauded
Sunday Telegraph