The Paris Wife (Paperback)Paula McLain (author)
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Following a whirlwind romance, the beginning of a marriage in Jazz Age Paris and its gradual, tragic break-up, McLain maps the story of Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife, in captivating insightful prose.
Chicago, 1920. Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write.
After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity.
Ernest and Hadley's marriage begins to founder, and the birth of a beloved son serves only to drive them further apart. Then, at last, Ernest's ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition - not least from a woman intent on making him her own.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 333 g
Dimensions: 129 x 201 x 27 mm
'Hadley is a deeply touching character, dignified even as she loses almost everything she's loved, and making her goodness both convincing and interesting is an impressive feat' - Olivia Laing, The Guardian
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