Literary Wives Series: The Starter Wife, in Paris

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

Three is a crowd.  This becomes abundantly clear in Paula McLain’s popular novel The Paris Wife (2011).  The fictional narrative is from Hadley Richardson Hemingway’s perspective.  She is the first (and as we learn in the end) favorite wife of American modernist author Ernest Hemingway.

Please also visit the blogs of and read the reviews of the other bloggers participating in the Literary Wives series today.

Ariel Price of One Little Library

Audra Friend of Unabridged Chick

Angela Cybulski of Persephone Writes

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These types of novels, the first-person narrative of somebody famous, are hard for me.  It was hard with American Wife, and it was hard with this novel.  I think it is a stretch for me to believe it, when I have the cognitive dissonance of knowing that it is fiction but also realizing that it is based on a real person and purports to be their innermost…

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