The Paris Wife

In The Paris Wife (Ballantine Books, 2011), author Paula McLain captures the allure of the Lost Generation of expatriates in Paris through her surprisingly sympathetic depiction of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. When they met, she was a 28-year-old Midwestern spinster, he a charismatic 21-year-old aspiring writer, just back from his stint as an ambulance driver in World War I. Her practical steadiness and self-effacing support complemented his passionate yearning to experience and create. Yet, it came apart too soon.



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