The Paris Wife - Paula Mclain
Reviewed by Flic Everett." A spot-on ear for dialogue, and the sweetly gripping recounting of the true story of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, make this a wonderful read..."
There’s nothing more difficult than capturing the voice of a real person- and when that person is Ernest Hemingway, it’s virtually impossible. As soon as the famed author makes his entrance, The Paris Wife could have swiftly descended into embarrassing parody. But a spot-on ear for dialogue, and the sweetly gripping recounting of the true story of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, make this a wonderful read.
Told in the first person, Hadley is revealed as kind, unsure, brave and hopelessly in love with her wild, unpredictable husband. The smoky salons and bars of 1920s Paris are beautifully evoked, and other literary giants make guest appearances, without any heavy-handed introduction.
Even though we begin the book already aware of what happened in the end, the narrative retains the pull of a novel by Hemingway himself- and makes the reader yearn for a bygone Paris.