Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Published: February 27, 2011 by Ballantine Books
Category: Historical Fiction

I struggled rating this one properly. First, it was beautifully written and if I were just rating that it would have gotten at least 4 disco balls. Second, I despised Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer. If Ernest was a fictional character I wouldn’t have wanted to give this story my time. Not that I did even knowing he was in fact ‘real’, I thought I owed it to Hadley to finish.

Hadley Richardson is Ernest’s first wife. The Paris Wife is a work of fiction based on Ernest’s beginnings and the newly married couple’s move to Paris for Ernest’s career. There is not much more I will say in terms of detail, as its not my MO to spoil the reading experience for anyone. I have to give credit to author Paula McLain, who is a lovely writer. I often felt I was in each new city she described. She almost at times made me feel bad for Ernest which is no small feat: he was a bad husband and bad friend.

It must have been very hard for her to write this knowing many would not like the man, nor a few of the other characters as well. She was able to make them human – very flawed and arrogant – but still human. I will certainly read another Paula McLain book and will not be reading Ernest Hemingway any time soon. What a jerk.


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17 thoughts on “Book Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

  1. I have had this books sitting on my shelf for over a year. Despite hearing great things I have yet to pick it up. I’m a slacker.

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  2. Great review, Now I am really intrigued by this book after reading your review but I don’t think it is my kind of book. But I might check it out one day and see if I like it or not, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

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