Paris Wife

Ballantine Bks. 2012. 352p. 9780345521316. pap. $15. F
McLain's fictional account of the real-life marriage between Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway shares a similar pacing, attention to detail, and intimacy among characters as Rideout's description of Ruth and Mallory's marriage. Although Richardson was older than Hemingway, he still managed to sweep her off her feet. McLain presents Richardson's observant and strong voice in a new light. Vividly set in Paris and the other epicenters of Hemingway's early years, the novel paints a vibrant portrait of the couple. McLain brings forth all the expected cameos—Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein—and inevitably, Pauline, the woman who ultimately came between the couple. McLain traces the allegiance of a woman whose husband had other things on his mind and other alliances to pursue.
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