Mrs. Hemingway: A Novel

Mrs. Hemingway: A Novel

by Naomi Wood
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Mrs. Hemingway: A Novel by Naomi Wood

The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story . . .
New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
A Richard & Judy UK Pick

Paula McLain’s New York Times–bestselling novel piqued readers’ interest about Ernest Hemingway’s romantic life. But Hadley was only one of four women married, in turn, to the legendary writer. Just as T.C. Boyle’s bestseller The Women completed the picture begun by Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, Naomi Wood’s Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous and dashing writer of his generation. Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary: each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong.

Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway's marriages. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America, populated with members of the fabled "Lost Generation," Mrs. Heminway is a riveting tale of passion, love, and heartbreak.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101632093
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 86,433
File size: 713 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Naomi Wood was awarded the 2012 inaugural Eccles Centre British Library Writer in Resident Award. She is the Young Patrons Ambassador at the British Library and teaches at the University of East Anglia. She lives in London. Mrs. Hemingway is her American debut.

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Mrs. Hemingway: A Novel 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Hadley, Fife, Martha and Mary were all women with the title of Mrs. Hemingway at different times obviously; but this is the story of their immense love for the famous author and lover, Ernest Hemingway.  It’s about their coping with the fact that they were losing him to “another woman” and their connection with each other despite the fact that divorce and then death robbed each of the greatest love known.   Hadley was the quietest of the four women, of little wit and yet whose role as not only lover but also editor of her husband’s short stories and early novels cemented the early years of their marriage.  She is the one who loved him through his early writing failures and the constant poverty that stalked the young couple during those barren years. How pivotal was the early loss of Hemingway’s early works and was this an unforgiveable act that was part of the eventual demise of a deep relationship? Was Hadley responsible for losing Ernest to another woman by including her in their every vacation and social gathering? The reader cannot help but question why she continued these perverse invitations when she gradually began to realize she was losing him. Fife was the most energetic of the three, a woman who was so vivacious that no one knew what she would say or do next, the daredevil of them all.  Most intriguing is her closeness to both Hadley and Ernest, even after he had abandoned Hadley and married Fife.  How long would that unique zest for life satisfy the ever-leering Hemingway whose unfaithfulness seemed a vital part of his life, as important as his writing and his need for danger? Pauline Pfeiffer (Fife) was replaced twenty years later by Martha Gelhorn, a woman who never wanted to be married and who craved the journalistic excitement provided by revolutions and wars overseas.  That shared zest for danger united them until he wanted her to quit working and devote her life to children, a rift that eventually drove Ernest to Mary who loved Ernest’s love for writing and words more than anything else about him. It was Mary who most had to deal with his ever-looming depressive bouts and eventual suicide. Mrs. Hemingway is fascinating reading for the way the focus is really on these four women and not on the moods and raucous behavior of their husband.  While one might think it’s a tedious story, Naomi Wood has managed to craft a story that gives unique qualities to each woman and yet shows how a particular pattern followed each marriage, ironically one that the wives never really challenge during the time they spent with this wild but unpredictable man.  Nice job, Naomi Wood and a strong addition to the fiction about this most outrageous but talented journalist and author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read the ''Paris Wife'' and enjoyed reading about the early and happier lives of Hadley and Ernest Hemingway. This book gave more detail on the other 3 wives and better insight into Ernest Hemingway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much seeing Ernest Hemingway through the eyes of his 4 wives. Each continued to love him until his death even though marriages were plagued with his adultery, alcoholism, deep mood swings and verbal abuse. Wives were bound together not only through their lasting love for him but the deep friendship that grew between them. Remarkable women for a remarkable genius of a man. Read!
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If you have read, "The First Mrs Hemingway" , you have already read this book!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless you give one star per wife he was not a dasher but a depressive self medicated drunk that would have been better et al served by AA