The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

The “Paris Wife” in the title is Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson. The author largely sticks to the facts of their courtship, marriage and alcohol-soaked life in Paris from 1920-1926. The characters come alive, Hadley trying to make a home, have her own creative life and be a support for Ernest who is combative, self-involved and driven to find his own voice as a writer. Their circle of fellow artists including Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound also figure in the story as does Hadley’s “friend,” Pauline Pfeiffer, who became Hemingway’s second wife.

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RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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