The Paris Wife by Paula McLain: February 2012 book of the month
Paris, love, romance. So far, so St Valentine's. But February's choice is no happy-ever-after fairytale.
The Paris Wife is the story of Hadley, aka Mrs Ernest Hemingway (the first one, the 'Paris one'), who first meets the handsome, energetic, vulnerable Nesto in Prohibition-era Chicago.
Several parties, fights and a proposal later, and they find themselves penniless in the city of lights, amidst the glittering crowd of artists and writers that congregate in its cafes and bars. Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Dali, Duff Cooper, Scott Fitzgerald: they're all ready to party.
Ernest's career finally begins to take off, and Hadley, kept at home with their baby son, begins to be pushed further and further into the sidelines. As she watches the faultlines in her marriage crack ever wider, her desperation to hold onto her love only grows stronger... until she realises there is another ready to take her place.
Beautifully brought to life and given a convincing, strong voice, this is one wronged woman's untold story. A story of joy, pain, loss and a lust for life.
Bookclub discussion: 28 February, 9-10pm
We are delighted that Paula McLain will be joining MN bookclub to discuss The Paris Wife, her fascination with Hemingway and her parallel life as a poet on Tuesday 28 February, 9-10pm.
If you'd like to get involved in the discussion you can buy a paper copy of The Paris Wife or download the ebook and get started right away.
About Paula McLain
Paula McLain is the author of a memoir, Like Family; a novel, A Ticket to Ride, and two volumes of poetry. She lives in Ohio with her family.
You can read more about The Paris Wife, plus a Q&A with Paula, and browse original photos of Hadley and Ernest at her excellent website.
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