Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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A Ticket to Ride by Paula McLain
It's the summer of 1973. An adolescent friendship forms between shy, Insecure 15-year-old Jamie with the arrival of her charismatic, glamorous cousin Fawn.
Wanting more than anything to have Fawn approve of her, Jamie begins to remake herself. A foreboding sense of the future emerges, where emotions end up colliding in a maelstrom of guilt and betrayal.
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
The story captures the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair move to Paris, where they become swept up in the hard-drinking, fast-living, and with a volatile group that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
As Ernest struggles to find his literary voice, Hadley strives to holds dear, their love and marriage. A deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.
The trainwreck that was Ernest Hemingway, their marriage crumbling, Hadley acted with grace, her love eternal and enduring. (I cried for her heartfelt and endless love of Hemingway).
Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, about his early years in Paris. In the final pages, he writes of Hadley, “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” That line, and his portrayal of their marriage - so tender and poignant and steeped in regret.
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