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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. ...more

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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 histor…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

3.81 avg rating — 263,371 ratings — published 2011 — 93 editions
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Circling the Sun

3.93 avg rating — 69,001 ratings — published 2015 — 61 editions
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Love and Ruin

3.84 avg rating — 20,142 ratings — published 2018 — 37 editions
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A Mind of Her Own

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Like Family: Growing Up in ...

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A Ticket to Ride

3.30 avg rating — 1,140 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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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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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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