Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. 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 they’ve fought so hard for.
A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley. -- Ballantine
I admit that I haven't had a chance to read THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain, and I rarely do giveaways for post that I haven't reviewed. However, I'm making an exception for this novel. I was pretty much sold on the idea of this book based on it's description, and then I read the latest Entertainment Weekly. They gave it an A-! Now, I just have to read it!
Here are links to some reviews of THE PARIS WIFE:
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If you'd like to learn more about this novel, please check out the book's website. Not only can you learn more about the author, but you can also see some photos, a video, a timeline of Ernest Hemingway's life, and even a fact vs. fiction page. In addition, there are some great resources for book clubs including a reader's guide and recipes!
Thanks to the publisher and Entertainment Marketing Group, I have three copies of THE PARIS WIFE to share with three lucky readers! To enter, just fill out the form below before Monday, February 28th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly select and notify the winners the following day. This contest is open to those of you with US addresses only -- no p.o. boxes please. Good luck!