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    DescriptionA deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, "The Paris Wife" captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness--until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group--the fabled "Lost Generation"--that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become "The Sun Also Rises." Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage--a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they've fought so hard for. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, "The Paris Wife" is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.


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    Title
    The Paris Wife
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paula McLain
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 717 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345521309
    ISBN 10: 0345521307
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC044000
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    LC classification: PS3563.C383495 P37 2011
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    22 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Paula McLain received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, "Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses; "and a first novel, "A Ticket to Ride." She lives in Cleveland with her family.
    Review quote
    "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 novelt