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