I’ve been on a reading frenzy, and I blame my new iPad. Not that it’s a bad thing, but the “free” Kindle application for my iPad has cost me a lot of money in books. You see, the danger lies in this: The minute someone tweets about a great book they’ve read, or I read a review online about a book, I immediately jump on my Kindle app and buy the book.
So when someone recommended The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, I had to get it.
The Paris Wife is a historical fiction novel that details the life of Hadley Hemingway, Ernest’s first wife, as she struggles with her role as supporter, wife and mother during Ernest’s rise as an acclaimed author. Their lives in Paris intertwine with other artists and writers of the time including Gertrude Stein and Scott FItzgerald. While I was never a huge Ernest Hemingway fan, the book intrigued me and was a real “page turner.”
To imagine living in Paris in the 1930s during this rise of written word and poetry must have been amazing. McLain took me on journeys with Ernest and Hadley through Spain, Switzerland and the French countryside. Her way of writing made me feel like I was there sipping brandy, skiing, and sometimes fighting with Ernest Hemingway.
I read the book in about two days, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone out there looking for an easy read rooted in history.
Have you read The Paris Wife? What did you think about it?