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"McLain smartly explores Hadley's ambivalence about her role as supportive wife to a budding genius.... Women and book groups are going to eat up this novel." --"USA Today
""By making the ordinary come to life, McLain has written a beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s -- as a wife and one's own woman.... McLain's vivid, clear-voiced novel is a conjecture, an act of imaginary autobiography on the part of the author. Yet her biographical and geographical research is so deep, and her empathy for the real Hadley Richardson so forthright (without being intrusively femme partisan), that the account reads as very real indeed." --"Entertainment Weekly
""Written much in the style of Nancy Horan's "Loving Frank ... "Paula McLain's fictional account of Hemingway's first marriage beautifully captures the sense of despair and faint hope that pervaded the era and their marriage." --"Associated Press
""Lyrical and exhilarating...."" McLain offers a raw and fresh look at the prolific Hemingway.""In this mesmerizing and helluva-good-time novel, McLain inhabits Richardson's voice and guides us from Chicago--Richardson and Hemingway's initial stomping ground--to the place where their life together really begins: Paris." --Elle.com
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""McLain's vivid account of the couple's love affair and expat adventures will leave you feeling sad yet dazzled." --"Parade
""Told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, "The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain, is a richly imagined portrait of bohemian 1920s Paris, and of America literature's original bad boy." --"Town & Country
""Novelist and memoirist Paula McLain traces the life of Hadley Hemingway, first wife of Ernest Hemingway, in this evocative novel set largely in Paris in the Jazz Age." --"Christian Science Monitor
"" ""McLain's novel not only gives Hadley a voice, but one that seems authentic and admirable.... A certain amount of bravery is required in writing a novel that channels a giant of American literature. Yet McLain pulls it off convincingly, conveying Hemingway's interior life and his profound struggles. She makes a compelling case that Hadley was a crucial (and long-lasting) influence on Hemingway's writing life: a partner as well as a cheerleader. She also revisits, with remarkable detail, a singular era in history, one that would produce some of the greatest literary works of the 20th century." --"Newsday
"
"Engrossing and heartbreaking.... McLain is masterful at mining Hadley's confusion and pain, her crushing realization that she cannot fight for a love that has already disappeared." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer
"
"A well-crafted novel ... Paula McLain is a master at creating narratives that are so lively, they seem to leap from the printed page." --"Tucson Citizen
""One of the most important books of this year. McLain is a novelist to watch." --"Naples Daily News"
""The Paris Wife" is mesmerizing. Hadley Hemingway's voice, lean and lyrical, kept me in my seat, unable to take my eyes and ears away from these young lovers. Paula McLain is a first-rate writer who creates a world you don't want to leave. I loved this book." --Nancy Horan, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Loving Frank
""After nearly a century, there is a reason that the Lost Generation and Paris in the 1920's still fascinate. It was a unique intersection of time and place, people and inspiration, romance and intrigue, betrayal and tragedy. "The Paris Wife" brings that era to life through the eyes of Hadley Richardson Hemingway, who steps out of the shadows as the first wife of Ernest, and into the reader's mind, as beautiful and as luminous as those extraordinary days in Paris after the Great War." --Mary Chapin Carpenter, singer and songwriter
"Despite all that has been written about Hemingway by others and by the man himself, the magic of" The Paris Wife" is that this Hemingway and this Paris, as imagined by Paula McLain, ring so true I felt as if I was eavesdropping on something new. As seen by the sure and steady eye of his first wife, Hadley, here is the spectacle of the man becoming the legend set against the bright jazzed heat of Paris in the 20s. As much about life and how we try and catch it as it is about love even as it vanishes, this is an utterly absorbing novel." --Sarah Blake, " New York Times" bestselling author of" The Postmistress "
"McLain offers a vivid addition to the complex-woman-behind-the-legendary-man genre, bringing Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, to life.... The heart of the story--Ernest and Hadley's relationship--gets an honest reckoning, most notably the waves of elation and despair that pull them apart." --"Publishers Weekly"

McLain smartly explores Hadley's ambivalence about her role as supportive wife to a budding genius.... Women and book groups are going to eat up this novel. "USA Today
"By making the ordinary come to life, McLain has written a beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s as a wife and one's own woman.... McLain's vivid, clear-voiced novel is a conjecture, an act of imaginary autobiography on the part of the author. Yet her biographical and geographical research is so deep, and her empathy for the real Hadley Richardson so forthright (without being intrusively femme partisan), that the account reads as very real indeed. "Entertainment Weekly
"Written much in the style of Nancy Horan's "Loving Frank ... "Paula McLain's fictional account of Hemingway's first marriage beautifully captures the sense of despair and faint hope that pervaded the era and their marriage. "Associated Press
"Lyrical and exhilarating...."" McLain offers a raw and fresh look at the prolific Hemingway." "In this mesmerizing and helluva-good-time novel, McLain inhabits Richardson s voice and guides us from Chicago Richardson and Hemingway s initial stomping ground to the place where their life together really begins: Paris. Elle.com
"
" McLain s vivid account of the couple s love affair and expat adventures will leave you feeling sad yet dazzled. "Parade
" Told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway s first wife, "The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain, is a richly imagined portrait of bohemian 1920s Paris, and of America literature s original bad boy. "Town & Country
"Novelist and memoirist Paula McLain traces the life of Hadley Hemingway, first wife of Ernest Hemingway, in this evocative novel set largely in Paris in the Jazz Age. "Christian Science Monitor
"" "McLain's novel not only gives Hadley a voice, but one that seems authentic and admirable.... A certain amount of bravery is required in writing a novel that channels a giant of American literature. Yet McLain pulls it off convincingly, conveying Hemingway's interior life and his profound struggles. She makes a compelling case that Hadley was a crucial (and long-lasting) influence on Hemingway's writing life: a partner as well as a cheerleader. She also revisits, with remarkable detail, a singular era in history, one that would produce some of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. "Newsday
"
Engrossing and heartbreaking.... McLain is masterful at mining Hadley's confusion and pain, her crushing realization that she cannot fight for a love that has already disappeared. "Cleveland Plain Dealer
"
A well-crafted novel ... Paula McLain is a master at creating narratives that are so lively, they seem to leap from the printed page. "Tucson Citizen
" One of the most important books of this year. McLain is a novelist to watch. "Naples Daily News"
""The Paris Wife"is mesmerizing. Hadley Hemingway s voice, lean and lyrical, kept me in my seat, unable to take my eyes and ears away from these young lovers.Paula McLain is a first-rate writer who creates a world you don t want to leave. I loved this book." Nancy Horan, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Loving Frank
""After nearly a century, there is a reason that the Lost Generation and Paris in the 1920 s still fascinate. It was a unique intersection of time and place, people and inspiration, romance and intrigue, betrayal and tragedy. "The Paris Wife" brings that era to life through the eyes of Hadley Richardson Hemingway, who steps out of the shadows as the first wife of Ernest, and into the reader s mind, as beautiful and as luminous as those extraordinary days in Paris after the Great War." Mary Chapin Carpenter, singer and songwriter
Despite all that has been written about Hemingway by others and by the man himself, the magic of" The Paris Wife" is that this Hemingway and this Paris, as imagined by Paula McLain, ring so true I felt as if I was eavesdropping on something new. As seen by the sure and steady eye of his first wife, Hadley, here is the spectacle of the man becoming the legend set against the bright jazzed heat of Paris in the 20s. As much about life and how we try and catch it as it is about love even as it vanishes, this is an utterly absorbing novel. Sarah Blake, " New York Times" bestselling author of" The Postmistress "
"McLain offers a vivid addition to the complex-woman-behind-the-legendary-man genre, bringing Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, to life.... The heart of the story--Ernest and Hadley's relationship--gets an honest reckoning, most notably the waves of elation and despair that pull them apart." "Publishers Weekly""

Review

"McLain creates a compelling, spellbinding portrait of a marriage. . . . Women of all ages and situations will sympathize as they follow this seemingly charmed union to its inevitable demise. Colorful details of the expat life in Jazz Age Paris, combined with the evocative story of the Hemingways' romance, result in a compelling story that will undoubtedly establish McLain as a writer of substance. Highly recommended for all readers of popular fiction."
-- "Library Journal"
"McLain offers a vivid addition to the complex-woman-behind-the-legendary-man genre, bringing Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, to life . . . McLain ably portrays the cultural icons of the 1920s--Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, and Ezra and Dorothy Pound--and the impact they have on the then unknown Hemingway, casting Hadley as a rock of Gibraltar for a troubled man whose brilliance and talent were charged and compromised by his astounding capacity for alcohol and women . . . The heart of the story--Ernest and Hadley's relationship--gets an honest reckoning, most notably the waves of elation and despair that pull them apart."
-- "Publishers Weekly
"
"McLain smartly explores Hadley's ambivalence about her role as supportive wife to a budding genius. . . . Women and book groups are going to eat up this novel."
"-- USA Today"
" "
"A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s. . . . McLain's vivid, clear-voiced novel is a conjecture, an act of imaginary autobiography on the part of the author. Yet her biographical and geographical research is so deep, and her empathy for the real Hadley Richardson so forthright (without being intrusively femme partisan), that the account reads as very real indeed."
"-- Entertainment Weekly"
" . . . Paula McLain brings Hadley Richardson Hemingway out from the formidable shadow cast by her famous husband. Much more than a "woman-behind-the-man" homage, thi

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY89O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 261 customer reviews
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By Boot-Boy VINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2011
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Every now and again you pick up a book and it sings. For me, The Paris Wife is one of those books and I feel very lucky to have found it. Yet now, of course, I'm desperately sad I've finished it, in the sense that I don't quite know how to fill the gap it's left. I feel as if I've lost a lot of friends, good and bad, and I miss them, and the lives they led, now that the last page has turned. That's how good this book is. The action starts in Chicago where twenty-eight year old Hadley Richardson meets and falls in love with a younger man, a struggling writer called Ernest Hemingway. It's the jazz age, the start of the twenties, there's prohibition in America, and people say 'swell' a lot and 'it's a bust.' Written as a memoir, ostensibly (and very convincingly) by Hadley herself but actually by the author Paula McLain drawing on a host of reference works as well as her own glorious imagination, this is literary and social history at first hand, as well as a love story that raises the spirits and then dashes them down. From Chicago to Paris, skiing in Austria, bull-fighting in Spain, and summering on the Côte d'Azur, Hadley covers the tumultous few years of her short and bitter-sweet marriage to one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Seeing everything through Hadley's eyes, and heart, what Paula McLain doesn't do - brilliantly - is make her story spin round Hemingway. This is absolutely Hadley's story, beautifully and sensitively rendered, with Hemingway just one of a large and glittering cast of characters - though the most significant - in her orbit. A glorious read from the first page to the devastating last few pages. Five stars just isn't enough.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2011
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Told from the viewpoint of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, this is a very evocative book about, not only their meeting and early marriage, but also of literary 1920's Paris. Apart from Hemingway himself, there are many other familiar names - Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald etc. Yet, it is Hadley's voice, which brings the characters to life. She comes across as extremely sympathetic, likeable and kind - perhaps giving some of her warmth to soften the hard drinking, hard working, self centred artists that abound on the pages. This is an era which interests me greatly and I have read several books about the people mentioned and the places in this book, but can find no fault with the author. Through Hadley's voice, she has recreated an atmosphere and place of great importance to literature. More importantly, she has created a wonderfully enjoyable novel. Sidewalk cafes, Chanel dresses, street markets and artists are all seen through Hadley's eyes, as she soaks it all up and describes it vividly. This is a book to curl up with and enjoy. I would recommend it highly and will look out for more from this author.
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2011
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The Paris of the 1920s is now legendary for the importance and the influence that its Left-Bank artists still hold over our cultural heritage, with Picasso, Joyce, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald, Pound, Stein and Hemingway all to be found working there and frequenting its cafés. They may have mixed in different circles, but each were pushed on by the immense creativity and experimentation that the others in the émigré community were achieving, revelling also in the sometimes scandalous details of the unconventional artistic lives the others were leading. Paula McLain's evocation of the period, focussing on Hemingway years in Paris, seen through the eyes of his first wife, Hadley Richardson, is masterful in its documentation of this period, bringing it fully and authentically to life.

The Paris years undoubtedly represent the best of Hemingway. This is where he created his early Nick Adams short stories, his prose miniatures and The Sun Also Rises, the novel that, along with The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night, best captures the personalities and the mindset of those caught up in the fertile changing times of the post-war period. More than just being a creatively productive period for Hemingway, one where he refined and perfected a pure declarative writing style that would almost descend into self-parody in later years, the time of his marriage to Hadley, being poor, starving and struggling to make a living as a writer in Paris, were later looked upon by Hemingway (whose life has also developed into a kind of self-parody), perhaps somewhat idealistically as being a time of purity and innocence that could never be recreated.
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By Post Scriptum TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2011
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This imaginative, sensitive, intelligent novel attempts to imagine a marriage, an era, and a world, and, in my view, it does so surprisingly effectively. Author Paula McLain submerged herself in books, letters, memoirs and anecdotes about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson and then resurfaced to speak, see and feel as this couple might have done, telling the story of their relatively brief but intensely memorable relationship during a richly evocative moment in modern literary and social history. Amidst a backdrop of 1920s Bohemian Paris, peopled by such figures as Gertrude Stein, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Ford Maddox Ford and Jean Rhys, sipping the wines and the spirits as they mix and interact and compete, McLain looks mainly through the eyes of Hadley Richardson to seek to understand the period and place and explore the rise and fall of her time with a writer traumatised by the Great War and still groping for his literary voice. Through prose knowingly redolent of the period, we move smoothly through some bright and colourful incidents, and some darker and heart-rending scenes, before reflecting on what has died, and what remains. It is in many ways an audacious piece of fiction, and also a rather haunting one.
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