Synopsis (via): “Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.”
Personal Opinion: When Chelsea and I chose this book for this month, I was thrilled since I would be able to read about Hemingway and his trials of love in the city of love while I was actually in Paris,walking the same streets, eating in some of the same restaurants, and visiting bookshops bursting with his now published work. Plus the beginning of their courtship takes place in Chicago where I just lived for four years and was coming home to while reading this book, seriously this book was made for me to read at this time in my life. Alas, I must be 100% honest with you. I had EVERY intention of finishing this book days ago and I do absolutely love it so far. Every time I pick it back up I feel myself transported back and immersed in their story, HOWEVER, the free movies on the plane home, the late nights staying up with friends, the serious jet-lag, and days spent enjoying the beautiful Chicago spring weather overruled my reading time and I have yet to finish the book. I know,
bad awful blogger book clubber. So in the meantime while I finish the book, check out Chelsea’s review here on Little Lessons in the BIG City and let me know what you all thought!
Next Month’s Book Club Pick: The Ashford Affair