Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

book jacketThis is a fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to his first wife Hadley Richardson.  Hadley met and married Hemingway in Chicago before he was famous.  She has his child and caters to his every need trying to keep him happy.   However, Ernest is very attractive to women and Hadley’s friend Pauline Pfeiffer seduces him rather blatantly and becomes his second wife.  The author has done a good job of bringing the Paris of 1920’s to life.  Her portrayal of the famous jazz age expatriate authors and artists living and loving in Paris makes one think it is the center of the creative universe.  She has done thorough research. 
Did you know Gerald and Sara Murphy, famous for being the inspiration of Fitzgerald’s novel  Tender is the Night, were responsible for the French Riveria’s popularity and also for introducing sun tanning to the populace?  Good Read.


  1. Another great book, Maggie. Thanks.

  2. Looking forward to starting this one, since I loved your last reco!