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Paula McLain

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Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling novels, The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. She’s also published two collections of poetry, Less of Her and Stumble, Gorgeous, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996, and has since received fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Real Simple, Town & Country, The Guardian and Good Housekeeping. She lives with her children in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Paula McLain Thrilled to hear you connected with Circling the Sun, Jenny! I DO have a new idea for a character and have begun writing. This is my absolute favorite…moreThrilled to hear you connected with Circling the Sun, Jenny! I DO have a new idea for a character and have begun writing. This is my absolute favorite part of the process: new obsession! Hopefully the work will go well and I'll have a new manuscript sometime in the new year. Wish me luck... ; )(less)
Paula McLain Hello, Cherie, and thanks for your question. Although other writers in this genre have their own rules, no doubt, I don't make up events for my…moreHello, Cherie, and thanks for your question. Although other writers in this genre have their own rules, no doubt, I don't make up events for my historical characters, or imagine fictional characters for them to interact with--so you can be sure the love story between Beryl and Denys did indeed happen. What I do make up and then dramatize is the inner lives of my characters, their thoughts and feelings, and all the dialogue. I also feel very free to embellish setting and details of place, etc. I hope this answer helps!(less)
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The Paris Wife

3.80 avg rating — 223,328 ratings — published 2011 — 79 editions
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Circling the Sun

3.93 avg rating — 56,677 ratings — published 2015 — 50 editions
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Love and Ruin

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A Ticket to Ride

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Like Family: Growing Up in ...

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Stumble, Gorgeous

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Less of Her

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“Books could be an incredible adventure. I stayed under my blanket and barely moved, and no one would have guessed how my mind raced and my heart soared with stories.”
Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

“It gave me a sharp kind of sadness to think that no matter how much I loved him and tried to put him back together again, he might stay broken forever.”
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“Sometimes I wish we could rub out all of our mistakes and start fresh, from the beginning,' I said. 'And sometimes I think there isn't anything to us but our mistakes.”
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Circling the Sun Circling the Sun by Paula McLain by Paula McLainPaula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.
 
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Lila Lila (Gilead, #3) by Marilynne Robinson by Marilynne RobinsonLila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security.
 
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The Year of Necessary Lies The Year of Necessary Lies by Kris Radish by Kris RadishOne amazing year in a remarkable woman¹s life journey becomes the inspiration for generations when she takes a huge risk, follows her heart, embraces forbidden love, and unwittingly becomes the champion of a winged world that is on the brink of extinction.
 
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The Marriage of Opposites The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman by Alice HoffmanFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro; the Father of Impressionism.
 
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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life Tibetan Peach Pie A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins by Tom RobbinsIn Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, weaving together stories of his unconventional life–from his Appalachian childhood to his globe-trotting adventures–told in his unique voice, which combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become, over the course of half a century, a poet interruptus, a soldier, a meteorologist, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counterculture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters
 
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Any Human Heart Any Human Heart by William Boyd by William BoydLogan Gonzago Mountstuart, writer, was born in 1906, and died of a heart attack on October 5, 1991, aged 85. William Boyd's novel Any Human Heart is his disjointed autobiography, a massive tome chronicling "my personal rollercoaster"--or rather, "not so much a rollercoaster", but a yo-yo, "a jerking spinning toy in the hands of a maladroit child." From his early childhood in Montevideo, son of an English corned beef executive and his Uraguayan secretary, through his years at a Norfolk public school and Oxford, Mountstuart traces his haphazard development as a writer. Early and easy success is succeeded by a long half-century of mediocrity, disappointments and setbacks, both personal and professional, leading him to multiple failed marriages, internment, alcoholism and abject poverty.
 
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The Ambassador's Wife The Ambassador's Wife by Jennifer Steil by Jennifer SteilFrom a real-life ambassador's wife comes a harrowing novel about the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband each must make in the hope of being reunited.
 
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Allie Smith I adore The Paris Wife...it was wondeful! I went out and bought a Moveable Feast, which I am excited to read. Hope I got the right version, that is good to Hadley!


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