“"In Chicago in 1920, Hadley Richardson, a quiet 28-year-old, meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris and become the golden couple in a lively group of expats, including Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. But the hard-drinking and fast-living cafe life doesn't celebrate traditional notions of family and monogomy. As Hadley struggles with self-doubt and jealousy and Ernest wrestles with his burgeoning writing career, they must confront a deception that could prove the undoing of one of the greatest romances in history."
I really liked this story, and I loved the character of Hadley...the character of Ernest, not so much. This book opened my eyes to the kind of life a writer in the early 1900's lived. To what goes on inside the head of a writer, and how they are really with their work 24/7 whether they want to be or not. The writing in this book was very good, and I enjoyed the way McClain described the settings of the various places the characters traveled throughout the novel. I have to say, this book did not make me want to read any of Hemingway's novels. It's as if I don't want to give him the satisfaction. I have definitely been left with a bad taste in my mouth about him. I guess if I feel this way the writer did a good job, eh? It was well worth my time to read this book.”