A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us. -W. H. Auden
During our first meeting, we arrived at a decision for our June book pick: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
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."
Copies can be found at book stores such as Indigo, Chapters,World's Biggest Bookstore, BMV (which I've been told by Shirley, one of our members, that the one near Spadina has two copies at $14!), or online such as Amazon. Borrowing it from the library is another great option, although I'm told that there is a long waiting list to get the book!
Interested in learning more about this book? The author herself sheds light on her novel: