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Waiting on Wednesday: The Paris Wife

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Came across another book today that is an immediate add to the Wishlist.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Heminway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view — that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”

I have a feeling I’ll be pre-ordering this from Amazon. I’m not a fan of Hemingway, but that time period and the people involved captivate me. The section from Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties devoted to Fitzgerald and Hemingway in Paris was fascinating. What an odd friendship. Fitzgerald thought Hemingway to be his best friend and Hemingway had a low opinion of Fitzgerald. Most of the problems seem to stem from Fitzgerald’s alcohol addiction. The Fitzgerald’s both thought Hadley to be a bit frumpy.

It looks to be in the same vein of Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, which I absolutely adored. I look forward to reading this book. But why I wait until next February? That’s just cruel.


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