The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Leah Hanes
Student, PhD in Leadership & Change
Alumna, MAOM

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain is a well written, fictionalized account of the relationship between the young (25 year old) Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. Hadley was a few years older than Ernest with talent and some ambition as a concert pianist. Her life with Ernest was filled with parlor evenings with the young aristocrats in Paris during the 1920s — Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were part of those evenings.

I found myself loving and hating Hemingway. At times promising myself that I would not read another of his books while hurrying back to hear the next chapter. Yes, hear. I listened to the book and found it to be a most enjoyable experience. In the end, I say goodbye to Hemingway with sadness. Hemingway had a voice and an opportunity that we lost too soon. His tragic death and a call he made in the hours or days before, tell a story of love and sadness that were incompatible over time. Some of the premise comes from letters made available to the author from Hadley’s estate, some is pure fiction. It is most enjoyable.
Hemingways banquet speech
“Behind every great artist.” Alison Yarrington, Times Higher Education

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