Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris WifeThe Paris Wife by Paula McLain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As Hadley meets a young Ernest Hemingway and is swept away, so are we, the reader in this brilliantly written novel. Written in first person, as Hadley, exploring St. Louis, Chicago, Paris, Pamplona, and beyond - meeting the wits of Stein, Fitzgerald, and the like - and only as a wife could have written, being swept into the torrent wind that is Hemingway. Through Hadley's voice a story of love, losing oneself to another, marriage, desperation, hopelessness, pain, heartbreak, and courage come alive. An era as effervescent as the wine that flowed comes alive and off the pages thanks to Ms. McLain's skillful writing.

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