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Book Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife was written by Paula McLain.

I loved this book. It was beautifully written, and it kept me engrossed that I finished it in one sitting. The novel is about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. It’s fiction, so a lot of it is speculation, but the imagination can bring wonders. It is written through the eyes of Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife. Her life was dull until she met Hemingway, and suddenly she’s swept up by Hemingway and living in Paris among a wild bunch of now-famous writers like Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more.

Paula writes about heartbreak and betrayal, but also about love and happiness. By writing through Hadley’s eyes, she can write freely about the experiences Hadley has with Hemingway and his friends. Paula does a good job of conveying Hadley’s love for Hemingway. Paula writes the feelings in such a fluid way that as a reader, I felt them too. The novel was a great read, because we know so much about Hemingway, but not a whole lot about his wives. For once it’s nice to look through the other side.

The novel is a beautiful representation of the matters in the heart. It’s so real, that’s how well Paula wrote the story.

I give it… quibbler_100quibbler_100quibbler_100quibbler_100

Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes,
Luna

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