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The Paris Wife
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March 11, 2012
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April 21, 2012
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Christina
For a book that presents itself as a fresh look at Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, I was highly disappointed. This book is actually about Hemingway and it becomes even more clear when the narrative shifts from first person to a few italicized chapters to show, according to the author, "Hemingway's side of the story." It is very clear that McLain has researched the book and, in reading this, I was inspired to go seek out those letters from which she drew her inspiration. But it also seems, howeve...more
Lisa B
I struggled between giving this book two or four stars. On the one hand, it's beautifully written; painful and visceral. And on the other hand, it's almost too painful and visceral. For that reason, I settled on three.

When I started this book, I didn't know much about Hemmingway's life. I'm not a fan of his writing. The sentences are too stark and simple. His topics never much appealed to me. But, I loved "Loving Frank" who was someone else that I didn't know much about and didn't care much for...more
Carol
I had to keep reminding myself, this was a fictional account of Hadley Richardson's life with Ernest Hemingway. Some of what is described in this book surely did occur but I severely disliked Hemingway because of the way he treated Hadley in this book. Except for his acceptance of the loss of all of his papers on the train, when I thought his behavior was admirable instead of the expected blowup, I really disliked a lot of his behavior. I know that the times and the mores of the times were diffe...more
Megan
I really liked this book. Although it's called a "novel," most of the book is true to the biography of Hadley Hemingway. I found it to be an excellently written tale of love and loss, of support and betrayal, and gave wonderful insight into Hemingway and all of the Paris contingent in the 20s. It made me want to read more Hemingway (which is no mean feat, since I generally can't stand his books), and to learn more about Hadley. And it confirmed a lot of my opinions about Hemingway in general. It...more
Nancy
A wonderful story that had me searching Google images to put the actual faces to the characters whose names are so familiar.
Mary Ann
Mar 25, 2011 Mary Ann marked it as to-read