Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.67 × 6.57 × 1.08 in
Published: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385669224
ISBN - 13: 9780385669221
Read from the Book
ONE The very first thing he does is fix me with those wonderfully brown eyes and say, "It''s possible I''m too drunk to judge, but you might have something there." It''s October 1920 and jazz is everywhere. I don''t know any jazz, so I''m playing Rachmaninoff. I can feel a flush beginning in my cheeks from the hard cider my dear pal Kate Smith has stuffed down me so I''ll relax. I''m getting there, second by second. It starts in my fingers, warm and loose, and moves along my nerves, rounding through me. I haven''t been drunk in over a year--not since my mother fell seriously ill--and I''ve missed the way it comes with its own perfect glove of fog, settling snugly and beautifully over my brain. I don''t want to think and I don''t want to feel, either, unless it''s as simple as this beautiful boy''s knee inches from mine. The knee is nearly enough on its own, but there''s a whole package of a man attached, tall and lean, with a lot of very dark hair and a dimple in his left cheek you could fall into. His friends call him Hemingstein, Oinbones, Bird, Nesto, Wemedge, anything they can dream up on the spot. He calls Kate Stut or Butstein (not very flattering!), and another fellow Little Fever, and yet another Horney or the Great Horned Article. He seems to know everyone, and everyone seems to know the same jokes and stories. They telegraph punch lines back and forth in code, lightning fast and wisecracking. I can''t keep up, but I don''t mind really. Being near these happy strange
From the Publisher
An instant national bestseller, this stunningly evocative, beautifully rendered story told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway''s first wife, Hadley, has the same power and historical richness that made Loving Frank a bestseller.
No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view - that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, "I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her."
About the Author
PAULA MCLAIN was born in Fresno, CA in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of foster homes for the next 14 years. Eventually, she discovered she could — and wanted to — write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996, and since then has been a resident at Yaddo and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry, a much-praised memoir called Like Family (Little Brown, 2003), and one previous and well-received novel, A Ticket to Ride. Paula McLain lives in Cleveland, OH with her family.
“McLain creates a compelling, spellbinding portrait of a marriage. . . . Women of all ages and situations will sympathize as they follow this seemingly charmed union to its inevitable demise. Colorful details of the expat life in Jazz Age Paris, combined with the evocative story of the Hemingways’ romance, result in a compelling story that will undoubtedly establish McLain as a writer of substance. Highly recommended for all readers of popular fiction.” — Library Journal “McLain offers a vivid addition to the complex-woman-behind-the-legendary-man genre, bringing Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, to life . . . McLain ably portrays the cultural icons of the 1920s—Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, and Ezra and Dorothy Pound—and the impact they have on the then unknown Hemingway, casting Hadley as a rock of Gibraltar for a troubled man whose brilliance and talent were charged and compromised by his astounding capacity for alcohol and women . . . The heart of the story—Ernest and Hadley''s relationship—gets an honest reckoning, most notably the waves of elation and despair that pull them apart.” — Publishers Weekly "McLain smartly explores Hadley''s ambivalence about her role as supportive wife to a budding genius. . . . Women and book groups are going to eat up this novel." — USA Today "A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering