Friday, April 6, 2012

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Hadley Richardson Hemingway tells the story of her marriage to Ernest Hemingway and their life in Paris in the 1920s. They meet and marry in Chicago but eventually settle in Paris so Ernest can pursue his writing career. Hadley, a bit older and more traditional than Ernest, has difficulty fitting into the fast and loose life styles of the expatriate American writers who form their social circle in Paris. Skiing in Germany, bullfights and festivals in Spain, and sun and sea on the Riviera sound wonderful, but they are actually shallow pleasures. Eventually she cannot save her marriage from the pressures of the modern age and a modern woman.  If you enjoy fictionalized accounts of famous historical artists and authors, check out The Paris Wife @the library!