In Chicago in 1920, 28-year-old Hadley Richardson is unsure what she is doing with her life until she meets the young Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway is energetic, passionate, and everything Hadley is not. Hadley is drawn to Hemingway and the couple is married within a year. They move to Paris to inspire Ernest’s writing and help him make connections.
This historical novel chronicles their marriage and his career struggles as they learn to live abroad. Ernest struggles to make it as a writer and is pulled into the artistic circles in Paris. Hadley learns to balance her traditional ideas about family against the drinking and infidelity that surround her. The Paris Wife offers an interesting look at what it might have been like to know the Hemingways in their early years.
Rated: High. Strong language is scattered throughout the novel and there are a few brief sex scenes.