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The Paris Wife
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May 7, 2012
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June 3, 2012
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Apr 02, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-2
Loved the time period, the settings. The writing was often beautiful to me, especially when talking about the complexities of relationships and marriage and people. Nobody's perfect in this book though I probably grunted "asshole" a few times regarding Hemingway. This book made me want to read: More Hemingway, more historical fiction.

A couple of quick relationship lessons if you don't want to read the whole book:
"People belong to each other only as long as they both believe. He's stopped believ
Feb 25, 2015 Joanie rated it liked it
I'm torn between 3 and 4 here. On the one hand, I enjoyed the glimpse into the Hemmingways' early days and their lives with Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the list goes on and on. But on the other hand (and no big surprise) Hemmingway is basically a bastard and as much as McLain tries to make him a sympathetic character by talking about the trauma he suffered in the war, his unfeeling parents etc, he still remains a bastard and Hadley comes across as a bit dim.

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May 30, 2011 Donna Halloran rated it liked it
I really would give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. I enjoyed the story and the writing very much. I got tired of how whiney she was at times, but then I got past that. I didn't really know anything about Hemingway and haven't actually read his work so it made it fun and makes me want to read his work. I am definitely going to try Sun Also Rises after this.
May 30, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this fictionalized account of Hemmingway's first marriage. I think she captured the essence of their relationship and the crazy times in which they lived.
Jul 25, 2012 Fiona rated it it was amazing
Loved this book grandly. Though its told from Ernest's wife, I got to know Ernest's struggles as a burgeoning writer so well that it inspired my own drive to pursue that with which i can not live without! And I can look at her, the narrator aka "Tatie or Hash' as if that is how I am seeing her, too!
Jul 25, 2011 Lily rated it it was ok
Had to return to the library because it was due. But the first half was just so depressing! Gave me such an icky feeling that I didn't really want to keep reading it. Maybe it got better, but it's unlikely I'll try to get it from the library again.
Jul 11, 2014 Deanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Mar 01, 2013 Jessica Baetjer rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2012 Bonnie marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2012 Cindi rated it liked it
Nov 21, 2012 Jennie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, women, europeans
Jan 22, 2012 Nathaniel marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2011
Jul 19, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-12
Jun 24, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Jun 05, 2013 Jenn rated it liked it
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Oct 19, 2011 Heather Dine Carter marked it as to-read
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Sep 15, 2011 Crystal Ledger marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
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Feb 22, 2015 Katherine marked it as to-read
Apr 30, 2011 Tria rated it it was amazing
Feb 25, 2011 Kristina marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
Feb 24, 2011 Tamara marked it as to-read
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