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.
If you have also read The Paris Wife, let us know what you thought! Am I being too dramatic? Maybe don’t answer that 😉
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