Description on Bookdepository
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity. Ernest and Hadley’s marriage begins to founder, and the birth of a beloved son serves only to drive them further apart. Then, at last, Ernest’s ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition – not least from a woman intent on making him her own …
What says I
This is a book that I honestly don’t have an opinion about. It stays a memorable book about a very famous writer’s first wife, that had a hell of a time dealing with the man she really loved. This book deserves all the acclaim it receives, every positive review and every award lavished onto it. But for me, I have no words…it is more than just a great historical fiction.
Let’s start with what I liked about the book. I associated so much with Hadley, the protagonist and first wife to Mr Hemingway. She’s a strong woman, independent and out of place in a world that looked and felt a certain way. The writer sketched her so beautifully from where she moved to the big city, meeting her future husband, finding herself intrigued by the people so different from herself. It felt like me that latched onto, in reality, an impossible dream and then having to deal with the consequences. Sometimes life feels like a dream to me. When I read and felt and relived this story, I felt Hadley go from young and strong to uncertain and conflicted. It was sad to me how deep her pain ran. And I think I should stop now before I spoil it for a future reader.
As a romance, it is not your stereotypical romance but I do believe a more realistic retelling of a love story. As a historical fiction, brilliant. I felt and experienced America and Europe in the 20’s.
What says others
Bookclub in a Box is a book commentary about this book. NPR Books interviewed her after the release of her book Circling the Sun. New York Times and The Guardian shared some beautiful reviews. This has been a very popular book in book clubs such as Reading Group Guides, LitLovers and Oprah.
Where to buy this book
Unfortunately, Takealot is out of stock
Bookdepository with a completely different cover from my copy
Kobo’s deluxe edition has a completely different cover from mine or Bookdepository. This is an ebook but I must admit, this edition sounds like pure indulgence!!
And that is it from me for now
Until next time sweet peeps!