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The Paris Wife
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Paula McLain
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The Paris Wife

Paula McLain


9781844087204

Virago


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Paperback

400 pages

$29.99
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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. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they soon fall in with a circle of lively and volatile expatriates, including F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound. Ernest and Hadley are thrust into a life of artistic ambition, hard liquor and spur-of-the-moment dashes to Pamplona, the Riviera and the Swiss Alps. But Jazz Age Paris does not lend itself to family life and fidelity. As Hadley struggles with jealousy and self-doubt, Ernest's ferocious literary endeavours begin to bear fruit, and the couple faces the ultimate crisis of their marriage - a deception that will lead to the unravelling of everything they made for themselves in Paris, their 'great good place'.

By:   Paula McLain
Imprint:   Virago
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9781844087204
ISBN 10:   1844087204
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   April 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a memoir, Like Family, and a novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives in Cleveland with her family.


  • Short-listed for Irish Book Awards: RTE Radio 1's The John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award 2012
  • Shortlisted for Irish Book Awards: RTE Radio 1's The John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award 2012.
  • Shortlisted for RTE Radio 1's The John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award 2012.
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