If you haven’t yet heard of Paula McLain’s new novel The Paris Wife then it’s time to tune in. The Paris Wife “brilliantly captures the voice and heart of Hadley Hemingway as she struggles with her roles as a woman – wife, lover, muse, friend, and mother – and tries to find her place in the intoxicating and tumultuous world of Paris in the twenties.”*
And I can vouch. McLain does indeed capture the voice of Ernest Hemingway’s wife, or most certainly a voice of the times. McLain’s language and tone easily transport to a bohemian Paris swirling with artists and poets both over and on the cusp of discovery.
Paula McLain received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has published two collections of poetry, a memoir and an earlier novel titled A Ticket to Ride. The Paris Wife was released just last week.
The Paris Wife site is a beauty, so even if you don’t care to read the book you should at least check out the photos of both the Hemingways and the landmarks of their life together. Also, I hate to veer away from solid sources but I did get snagged by Paula McLain’s bio spot on amazon and her personal history is worth the link over. Very intriguing.
Paula McLain has a few upcoming Michigan appearances on her calendar and she will be appearing at Borders in Ann Arbor for a reading and signing of The Paris Wife on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm. In addition, she will be at McLean & Eakin booksellers in Petosky for a talk and signing on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm as part of their popular “Cabin Fever Series”.
Also, if you are interested in the National Writers Series of Traverse City, Paula McLain will be appearing for a talk and signing at the City Opera House on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm. More on this later…
Check back in with Night Light Revue for information on McLain’s other Michigan events and as always, call ahead to confirm dates and times.
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*Information taken from the official site of “The Paris Wife”
-Post by Megan Shaffer