August Book Club
Join the book club for a discussion of The Paris Wife, a novel by Paula McLain.
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Join us as we discuss The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. New members are always welcome -- just read the book and show up for the discussion!
A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time - Paris in the twenties - and an extraordinary love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
In Chicago in 1920, Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness - until she meets Ernest Hemingway and finds herself captivated by his good looks, intensity, and passionate desire to write. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group of expatriates that inclused Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
But the hard-drinking and fast-living cafe life does not celebrate traditional notions of family and monogamy. As Hadley struggles with jealousy and self-doubt and Ernest wrestles with his burgeoning writing career, they must confront a deception that could prove the undoing of one of the great romances in literary history.
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