The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Fictionalised account of the romance, marriage and breakup of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway, told from Richardson's point of view. She married him while she was a struggling unknown, went with him to Paris, Switzerland and Spain, split up with him after he had an affair.
Definitely interesting to have a story told from the other side after reading "A Moveable Feast". Thought it was a touching and realistic account of a whirlwind romance and the slow disintegration of a happy marriage.
The book has to tread some difficult lines. Even Hemingway's biggest fans must admit he was a terrible husband, but to have married him, Hadley Richardson must have liked him. The book does a good job of balancing things so that Hemingway is neither idolized nor monstered. The writing style is slightly less successful, reading as a bit Hemingway-pastiche at times.
Overall though, a good novel.
Took the toddler up for another visit to my parents, just for a weekend, just two weeks after the last time. (Wife away on another business trip). Had another good time, great to see how he settles in straight way after being more familiar with the new place and people. Again the trip out was fine, though he got a bit grumpy on the way back, and didn't at all like having to walk the last stretch with the trains being disrupted. Takes about 4 hours door to door if nothing's disrupted: it's a bit of a burden on a two year old to do two days in a row.
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