Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Paris Wife


Have you read any good books lately? I recently read The Paris Wife, by Paula McClain, the story of Hemingway's time in 1920s Paris told through his first wife Hadley's perspective. It helps you imagine the romance of being in love in Paris and a writer. Using A Moveable Feast as a guide, McClain retells conversations recorded by Hemingway between himself and Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound.  I first heard about the book through my Alma Mater, where McClain was an adjunct creative writing instructor. At the beach this past summer I read A Moveable Feast for context. McClain's novel shows the glitz and glam of the roaring 20s but also the disappointment and frustration Hadley often feels. It's a lovely story. Would you read it?

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