Set during a remarkable time, the same period as Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises, Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife brilliantly captures the voice and heart of Hadley Hemingway as she struggles with her roles as a woman—wife, lover, muse, friend, and mother—and tries to find her place in the intoxicating and tumultuous world of Paris in the twenties.
Now that I’m into it, I realize how little I know about the famous writer that is Ernest Hemingway. The Old Man and the Sea is Hemingway’s only book I’ve read and I only read it because AP English forced me to. While I was not a fan of The Old Man and the Sea, listening to The Paris Wife has made me curious about some of Hemingway’s other books.
It seems in the last year or so I’ve been reading books about famous authors whose work I’m not well versed in. From Ernest Hemingway to the British literature mentioned in The House on Fortune Street, I’m beginning to feel a little inadequate about my literary education.
I think maybe once this project of reading the books on my mom’s list is complete, I will take on a new project of reading more classics. While I will always love to read the newest and most buzzed about books, I’ll try and slip in a Jane Austen here or there.