Book Review- the Paris Wife

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I just recently finished the book The Paris Wife by Paula McLain while on my Missouri trip. The book is set in the 1920's in Paris and follows the courtship/ marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson. I knew I was going to love this book because I have been obsessed with reading books set in Paris and the 1920's fashion and social scene is super interesting to me.

Hemingway was a war correspondent and a struggling author through most of their marriage. The book outlines the great love they shared and the struggles faced during this time of desire and serious alcohol consumption. Their courtship will make you swoon and hope for them to make it. While their marriage will leave you with snippets of insecurity and a soft spot for Hadley. You will also learn much about the interworking of Hemingway's writing and the drive and ambition that made him into the author he became. The decline of the marriage stems from jealousy and turns into a situation of lust and selfishness. This part of the book will leave you feeling irritated and having a new found hatred (or just strong dislike) for Mr. Hemingway.  I don't want to spoil the whole book but anyone who knows the history of Ernest Hemingway knows that he had many wives and monogamy wasn't his strong suit.

I highly recommend the book for anyone looking for a book with strong historical ties. I couldn't put it down and finished pretty quickly. I can't wait to read her next book Circling the Sun.

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