The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

(Finished yesterday, January 25, 2012)

This book was so good. Helps, I’m sure, that I’m a little obsessed with Hemingway and the whole idea of la generation perdue. After reading A Moveable Feast, I knew I had to read this book. So glad I did.

I know it’s technically historial fiction, but the author did quite a bit of research to make sure the book was as accurate as possible.

Although sad, because you know throughout the entire book that Hadley and Ernest don’t end up in the end, you can’t help but root for them. Hadley is now my idol. She was old when she met Ernest, had like no experience, was from St. Louis and met Ernest in Chicago…and then moved with him to Paris. Um, okay. Where’s my (would-never-cheat-on-me-but-close-to-being) Ernest?

Anyway, it was wonderful to read about how Ernest and Hadley helped each other become more of who they were. And reading about all their travels was pretty amazing, too. Winters in Austria, summers in the Cote d’Azur? Oui, s’il vous plait!!!

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  1. I enjoyed this book too, but didn’t know beforehand how long they stayed together and so was disappointed that Hadley’s story was over so quickly. I also reviewed it and have since bought ‘A Moveable Feast’ and look forward to the new edition, which I believe includes sections that Hemingway’s son had removed. I’m hesitating to read ‘The Sun Also Rises’, have you read it?

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