I have always loved the outrageous opulence of the literary geniuses, known as the Lost Generation, during Paris’s Golden Age of the 1920’s. Paula McLain brings to life the poetic romance of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, in The Paris Wife.McLain takes you deep inside the loving, passionate, and turbulent relationship from the point of view of Hadley Richardson. As she was aging she fell fast and hard for the insanely handsome Ernest Hemingway. They are swept away to Paris, where Hemingway can soak up inspiration from other artists, as a new literary figure. Hadley tries to find a balance of friend, wife, and mother during binge drinking episodes and month long holidays. Soon enough Hemingway begins to stray, and the life and love she worked so hard to keep together begins to slowly unravel before her. I found myself weeping as I knew what was coming. The man she loved and adored, who love and adored her in return, hurt her tremendously. I found myself empathizing with her, as she knew her marriage was coming to an end. As they each moved on in life Hemingway, towards the end of his life, wrote, “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.” He loved her until the end, which was concluded by his own hand.
This is a beautiful re-telling of Hemingway and Hadley Richardson’s amorous marriage, that should be included in your library.