Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review: The Paris Wife

Prior to leaving for my conference I knew I wanted to pick up a good book to read on the flight but of course completely forgot until I was at the airport... fail. However, I was beyond excited when I perused one of the book shops at the airport and found The Paris Wife!

I had heard about this book being wonderful and even read a few bloggers post their reviews and how much they enjoyed reading it. Also, after seeing Great Gatsby my mind has been stuck in that era so I knew this would be a good choice. Here is a brief synopsis of the book:

"Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.
A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley."

Sounds great doesn't it? Well let me tell you, this book did not disappoint! By the time I reached my first layover in Chicago I was already half way done and couldn't wait to finish and see how the story would turn out. It is written beautifully and although I have never been too familiar with Ernest Hemingway, I was in awe of his deep love and care for Hadley, his first wife. Their relationship consisted of a strong love built on passion, understanding, and a true desire to make the other happy. 

I highly suggest this book to anyone looking for a quick, enjoyable, but thought provoking book! 

Next up on my list to read, going with my Great Gatsby era theme is...


"When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.
Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it"

Ahh, cant wait to pick this one up!

Yours truly, 


Allyson Butler said...

These both look so great! I've got about a million reading lists, but these definitely need to be on them.

Mrs. Type A said...

Gotta put the second one on my list!

Emily said...

The Paris Wife sounds great! Definitely adding that to my summer reading list!