The Paris Wife (Random House Reader's Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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This new deluxe eBook edition features more than ninety additional pages of exclusive, author-approved annotations throughout the text, which contain new illustrations and photographs, to enrich your reading experience. You can access the eBook annotations with a simple click or tap on your eReader via the convenient links. Access them as you read the novel or as supplemental material after finishing the entire story. There is also Random House Reader’s Circle bonus content, which is sure to inspire discussion at book clubs everywhere.
 
“A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s—as a wife and one’s own woman.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Europe, where they become swept up in the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris—hanging out with a volatile group that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As Ernest struggles to find his literary voice and Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PeopleChicago Tribune • NPR • The Philadelphia Inquirer • Kirkus Reviews • The Toronto Sun • BookPage
 
“[Paula] McLain has brought Hadley to life in a novel that begins in a rush of early love. . . . A moving portrait of a woman slighted by history, a woman whose . . . story needed to be told.”—The Boston Globe
 
The Paris Wife creates the kind of out-of-body reading experience that dedicated book lovers yearn for, nearly as good as reading Hemingway for the first time—and it doesn’t get much better than that.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“Exquisitely evocative . . . This absorbing, illuminating book gives us an intimate view of a sympathetic and perceptive woman, the striving writer she married, the glittering and wounding Paris circle they were part of. . . . McLain reinvents the story of Hadley and Ernest’s romance with the lucid grace of a practiced poet.”—The Seattle Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345533616
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 68,937
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Paula McLain received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives in Cleveland with her family.
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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    An enlightening, worthwhile read!

    The Paris Wife is the story of Ernest Hemingway's first of four marriages. It is told from Hadley Richardson's point of view. Hadley and Hemingway were married in 1921 and gave birth to his first son, John Hadley Nicanor "Jack" Hemingway in 1923. His nickname was "Bumby" and Mariel and Margaux Hemingway were his daughters.
    This is a wonderful read that gives us a new perspective of Ernest Hemingway's genius and life. This is a characterization of a flawed man through the eyes of his young, shy, pretty first wife. The Nobel Prize winning author appreciated the stability and grounding his wife had given him and later, after three other wives said of her..."I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her. She was the best and truest and loveliest person I have ever known." Those words made me tingle all over.

    38 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    BookHounds Loved It

    I was never a fan of Hemingway, but have always intrigued by his larger than life personality. Paula McLain has weaved a wondrous blend of fact and fiction to bring the story behind Hemingway's first wife and love Elizabeth Hadley Richardson. If you look at pictures of Hadley from her youth, you can see her looks very clearly in her granddaughters, Mariel and Margaux. I imagine she must have been stunning with an amazing personality and sense of humor to capture Hemingway's heart so thoroughly. McLain's theorizes these ideas fully in this fictional account of their romance based on letters, written accounts and Hemingway's story, The Sun Also Rises, based on his own experiences.

    This book is for anyone looking to revisit The Cafe Society in Paris during the 1920's. I got the feeling that while Hadley loved her husband dearly, she didn't really fit in with Cafe society since the lax morals didn't suit her upbringing. It is fascinating to read how she dealt with Hemingway's affairs and the fact that he brought his soon to be mistress, Pauline, into his home life. Hemingway must have been like a rock start in that world. It must have been amazing to live through such a time period.

    I am such a huge fan of books like this, that take fact and work out the details so a story can unfold. It reminded me of Loving Frank by Nancy Horan which I adored. It even makes me want to go back and reread Hemingway's work. Of course, this story couldn't have been written without the famous characters and it is a fascinating romantic tale. I received this book from the publisher at no expense in exchange for my honest review.

    26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Compelling read: a literary time machine

    Paula McLain takes her reader on a voyeuristic journey into the dispair that haunted Hemingway. Through the voice of his first wife, Hadley,she shares the dark side of the much glorified bohemian lifestyle of American expatriates in Paris during the 1920s.

    McLain's writing has a beautiful simplicity. She creates for her reader a sense that she is Hadley and The Paris Wife is her memoir.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Just tell us if the book is good!

    I'mso tired of people writing a review that tells you the whole story. People we have the overview for that! Furthermore, I do not wish to know your point of view about the story. Just tell us if you think its good or bad! Thank you!

    17 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    An Engaging Novel

    I liked The Paris Wife. It kept me reading and interested. It kept me questioning the characters as to what was fiction vs reality. We read this book for book club, and I feel we will have a lot to discuss. Hemingway was a difficult man. His self centeredness effected his relationships and thus he lost many a friend and lover. I would definitely recommend this book.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Loved this book!

    I found this book narrated by Hemingway's first wife to be fascinating. Although this book is historical fiction, there is a great deal of "truth" in it. It is a wonderful, easy reading way to learn more of Ernest Hemingway. I felt so sorry for his wife at times, and at other times I wanted her to get tougher! This is a great read.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    excellent read

    I will admit that I did not know much about Hemingway prior to read this novel. Despite that, I found the subject matter to be very interesting - from Hemingway, to Hadley to their circle of friends and acquaintances. Not only did I greatly enjoy this book, but i am going to keep it.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Very Good!

    I was surprised how much I loved book. I hated for it to end and missed reading it everyday.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    I LOVED IT!

    The author stays very true to documented stories and people in their lives at that time. I felt as though I was in the room with Hadley and Ernest and felt the love they had for each other and the heartbreak of the end of their marriage. The book has stayed with me for days after I have finished. What an interesting and bazaar time in history! This novel would be wonderful for a book club discussion.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Couldnt finish.....

    I love to read, however this book was very dull. I was disappointed and wished i could have finished it. Not what i expected.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Anon

    THIS IS A VERY SUPERFICIAL BOOK. Read Michael Reynold's THe Paris Years, Kert'$ The Hemingway Women, Sokolof's book on Hadley or Diliberto's book on Hadley! ALL OF THEM ARE EXCELLENT!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    This was such a dull book... I was very disappointed in it as I

    This was such a dull book... I was very disappointed in it as I thought it would be much more than Hemingway's wife Hadley complaining the whole time. I'm surprised on the high reviews this book has received.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Slow going

    Was tempted to give up several times. Superficial and disappointing.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    I enjoyed reading this book so much that I was sad to see it end

    I enjoyed reading this book so much that I was sad to see it end. Eventhough I knew how things would eventually end, I was surprised by how much I was hoping that everything would work out for them. This was a wonderful piece of historical fiction.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    Lovely novel with great insight as to life in Jazz Age Paris. You will easily be swept up into Ernest and Hadley's world and feel like you are there with them. Great book. Couldn't put it down. Well worth the time and money.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Poignant and beautifully written.

    I felt as if I was given a window to Paris in the 1920s. Although a heartbreaking story, I'm now inspired to read Hemingway's works.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Loved it - encouraged me to be more interested in Ernest and Hadley Hemingway bios.Recommending it to my Book Club.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Wonderful Book

    I was deeply moved by the story of The Paris Wife. I could feel all the emotions flowing through the pages. Anger, madness, confusion, joy, love,trust, distrust. It ran the gambit of emotions & feelings.

    As other's wrote, I didn't know alot about Ernest "Papa" Hemmingway. He was a remarkable man, talented and alot of the time lost in himself.

    You will definitely enjoy this read!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    The Paris Wife

    This allegorical novel uses rhe characters and events in the life of Hemmingway. The story has multiple levels for portrayal of the human condition. This is a very well crafted story of a couple loosing their interpersonal connection during the career building of the writer. However at a deeper level the seven deadly sins are showen to be the root of evil in the life of the writer. He sucumbs to all of them destroying himself in the process. Very well done indeed! Reread the Sun Also Rises as a companion to this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    The Paris Wife

    Definately recommend

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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