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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula McLain Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight year old who has all but given up on love and happiness, until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group, the fabled “Lost Generation,” that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage, a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Set among the glamorous literati in Bohemian 1920s Paris, this novel celebrates the life of Hadley Richardson, the first Mrs. Ernest Hemingway.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine, “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now”

  • “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

  • McLain’s fictional account of Hemingway’s first marriage beautifully captures the sense of despair and faint hope that pervaded the era and their marriage.” 

    Associated Press

  • “McLain’s vivid account of the couple’s love affair and expat adventures will leave you feeling sad yet dazzled.”


  • “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…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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Historical Fiction
  • A 2011 People Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2011 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by B.J. | 2/10/2014

    " It was interesting, but I felt the middle dragged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann Torrey | 2/8/2014

    " This was a really good book, shows a lot how different countries live and also how people's thinking are so different. Ended a little sad, however but still enjoyed it very much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/8/2014

    " Ugh... book club choice. One of the few books I can ever say I didn't finish reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Georgann | 2/3/2014

    " I don't know how she did it, but Paula McLain made me believe I was reading Hadley Richardson's memoir. The evocation of time, place and personality is wonderful. Finely imagined and well researched this is historical fiction as it was meant to be. Hadley must have been a brave and intelligent woman who did more for Hemingway's career than she was ever credited for. And the tragic genius of Hemingway is detailed here as well as in any biography or critical study. "

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