November 22, 2014
November - The Paris Wife
Although all of us have been working moms, many of us career women, none of us had a problem with Hadley Richardson devoting her time with Ernest Hemingway being his support system. We felt that it may have been a decision she made for a number of reasons: she felt so strongly about his potential and skill and she had watched her own parents' marriage suffer because of her mother's feelings about marriage being a burden. We found Hadley to be amazingly self-aware - she knew she wasn't modern in a city that was all about being modern, but she never tried to be something she wasn't.
We were all struck by how, even while protesting that they were so desperately poor, the Hemingways always seemed to have the funds to travel, to dine and drink out, and to have someone come in to cook meals and care for their son. None of us could fathom living as they did regularly only to be able to spend months away from home.
Unrelated to the story itself, we were all confused by the cover of this book. Why a photo of a woman wearing clothes from decades after the time this book takes place? Did the publisher not feel that a more appropriate cover wouldn't aid the the sales of the book?
Book clubs - read this book, use it as a tool to research the Hemingways and the time period, and read McClain's interviews about the book. We guarantee you'll have a great discussion.