Read extract  

Mrs. Hemingway

A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection

3.8 based on 4256 ratings & 522 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Long-listed

International Dylan Thomas Prize

Picador

13 February 14
9781447226895
0
£7.99
N/A
N/A

Synopsis

A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley’s best friend. She is also Ernest’s lover.

Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest’s literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife . . .

Luminous and intoxicating, Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood portrays real lives with rare intimacy and plumbs the depths of the human heart.

In the media

The elegiac final chapters are beautifully achieved . . . the elegant prose and finely-wrought narrative of this humane novel exceed the sum of its parts
Independent
Wood handsomely compares the varying degrees of reluctance with which each wife passed the baton to the next . . . Each of the female characters are rich creations
The Times
A fascinating, astutely observed, gorgeously written account of the Hemingway wives and their charismatic, enigmatic, troubled and troublesome husband. This is a gem of a book.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald