The Paris Wife
Author: Paula McLain
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1. Book causes reflection
2. Book teaches growth
3. Book moves the soul
Short and Sweet Summary:
This book has no surprise ending.
It’s well known that Hemingway loved his wives just as he loved to write, as he was a struggling romantic (I would say on the Enneagram he was definitely a four).
This novel takes a look into the Hemingway before the fame and the woman who stood by him and loved him through it- Hadley Richardson.
From the perspective of Hadley, the reader moves through their first meeting in the States, to uninhibited Paris and the slow moving in of his second wife.
One cannot read this book and not regard Hemingway as a pompous ass while also feeling swept away by the era and regard to a freer life.
The novel felt a little mundane towards the middle, but I believe that’s part of the simplicity of life with Hadley. Either way, a book worth reading for those intrigued with Hemingway and his wives.
How This Book Made Me FEEL:
I was transported to Paris and felt I belong in this era more than my current. PASSION is the word that comes to mind in what was re-ignited in me- from my marriage, to my work and seeing myself as an artist and how freely I allow myself to live in a way that is authentic to me.
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