Book Club: The Paris Wife

by ashleyatg

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I decided to pick up “The Paris Wife” by Paula McClain las week because I had heard before such amazing things about it–and plus my mother already had a copy so I did not have to go out and buy it!

The story follows the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife (he had four!) Hadley. They were together in the early part of his career and she supported his writing in Paris of the 1920s. The story is in fact told from Hadley’s point of view.

This novel is historical fiction, however, McClain made it her mission to make it as close to real as possible by studying letters of correspondents between Ernest and Hadley and paid attention to how he described her in his very last work, a memoir titled “A Moveable Feast.”

I will come right out and say that I absolutely love this book! In fact, I do plan on purchasing my own copy because I am sure that I will want to read it again. Paula McClain’s writing here is descriptive, emotional and just great! I found myself completely invested in Hadley and Ernest’s relationship and became heartbroken with Hadley as it began to fall apart. I only ever put this book down if I absolutely had to do so.

Aside from the relationship I was also intrigued by the setting; I am fascinated by the ‘20s, the Jazz Age, Paris, and the “Lost Generation” including Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald who make appearances in this book. It was like getting a glimpse of life in 1920s Paris and watching Hemingway create the pieces that have become so well-known today.

I would definitely recommend this to you if you have not read it yet and would love to hear your thoughts if you have!

❤ Ashley

Will you read “The Paris Wife?” If you already have, what do you think of it?