The Paris Wife


Just having seen “Midnight in Paris,” where Owen Wilson’s character meets the American expatriate writers of the 20’s, I decided to read “The Paris Wife.” The novel explores the life of Elizabeth Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first of 4 wives, whom he married in 1921. I was pleasantly surprised to subsequently realize how true the novel is to their life stories. Several scenes in the book were riveting: Hadley having to tell Hemingway she “lost” his manuscripts on a train journey to visit him in Geneva, (in the novel they were stolen, research indicates that she lost them, not sure if this has the same meaning), the running of the bulls at Pamplona, and Hadley, Hemingway, and his mistress, Pauline, all vacationing under the same roof in Spain. I think any patrons with a liking for accurate literary historical fiction would enjoy this novel.

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