With the precise research of a biography and the beautiful intricacies of fiction, The Paris Wife takes readers on a journey through history, love and literature. Told through the eyes of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, this amazing story gives us a behind the scenes look at one of literature’s most famous men.
The love between Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway began in 1920 with the exchange of hundreds of letters between St. Louis and Chicago. The love letters ignited their whirlwind marriage and they set sail for Paris. In Paris, they found themselves right in the middle of the Jazz inspired, booze soaked, fast life of that time period. Befriended by literary greats like Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Hemingways were sucked into a lively and volatile world.
Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find his footing and the inspiration that will earn him a place in history. Caught up in the demands of her new life, Hadley also has to fight to maintain her identity and succeed as a wife, friend and muse.
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 for which they’ve fought so hard.
The view of this world through Hadley’s eyes is an enlightening and delightful experience. Her strength and wit make you fall for her the same way Hemingway did and her devastation and pain will be felt in your own heart. This surprising glimpse into Paris, love and some of literature’s greatest icons is intrinsically beautiful.
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