Calling all Francophiles….

Journey to Paris of the 1920’s through The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway and through the movie Midnight in Paris and you will be in Francophile heaven!

The Paris Wife, written from the perspective of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, is a compelling, fictional account of the couple’s life together during a time when Ernest was struggling to find his writing voice. Hadley’s journey became my own and I experienced living in the Jazz Age of Paris, love and loss, and met some fascinating expatriates including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is rare and joyous to find a book that inspires you to delve more into a subject matter or time period and The Paris Wife did that for me.

My journey continued with Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, his personal account of the same time period and the inspiration for Paula McLain’s novel. Read it to extend your experience and to complete your picture of Ernest Hemingway.

Luckily for me the movie Midnight in Paris was released after I finished reading these two books. The main character in the movie does what I am sure many readers wish they could do, travel back in time. When out on a midnight walk through the City of Light, Gil, a writer struggling with his own novel, takes an unexpected journey to Paris of the 1920’s where he meets the very people we have come to know so well through The Paris Wife and A Moveable Feast.

And now, another stroke of luck for me, Paula McLain the author The Paris Wife, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 Literary Orange Author Event. I am thrilled with the prospect of meeting the author of one of the best novels of 2011!

Enjoy your journey, and hope to see you at Literary Orange!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I saw Midnight in Paris I wanted to buy a ticket to travel to France immediately (and I don't even like to fly; maybe I'll take a boat). I hadn't read A Moveable Feast for at least twenty years, but I had to go back to it. There's something so compelling about that time--artists and writers and dancers all hanging out in the same coffee houses and bars.

Since seeing the film I haven't been able to help myself. I've been reading everything i can about Hemingway and Hadley. Besides The Paris Wife (I loved it) I've also read Paris Without End by Gioa Dilberto and Hemingway's Boat by Paul Hendrickson. Both books are worth reading.