Everyone’s Reading 2018: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Join us for our annual Metro Detroit community reading program.      This year’s selection is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  

Meet Paula McLain

Bloomfield Township residents may register to hear Paula McLain speak on Tuesday, March 6 at one of the following two venues:

West Bloomfield Township Public Library,  2:00 p.m.–SOLD OUT
Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, 7:00  p.m.

Registration for tickets begins Monday, February 19.  You may register online, or by calling or visiting the Bloomfield Township Public Library Adult Services Desk.  A valid, up-to-date Bloomfield Township Library card is required.  Once you are registered, you may pick up your tickets at the Adult Services Desk by showing your library card.

Due to limited quantities, only 2 tickets per library card per household will be available.

More About the Book

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

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 and her life changes forever. 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 and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually 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.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

More on Everyone’s Reading

For more information on the program along with discussion questions, visit  www.everyonesreading.org beginning February 5.

Extra copies of the book are available to check out in the Adult Services area.