The Paris Wife Virtual Book Tour March 2011

The Paris Wife

Join Paula McLain, author of the historical novelThe Paris Wife (Ballantine Books, February 2011)  as she virtually tours the blogosphere in March 2011 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been a resident of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She is the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a memoir, Like Family, and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives in Cleveland with her family. You can visit Paula McLain’s website to learn more about The Paris Wife at

About The Paris Wife

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

In Chicago in 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 finds herself captivated by his good looks, intensity, and passionate desire to write. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group of expatriates that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Paris Wife cover and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

But the hard-drinking and fast-living café life does not celebrate traditional notions of family and monogamy. As Hadley struggles with jealousy and self-doubt and Ernest wrestles with his burgeoning writing career, they must confront a deception that could prove the undoing of one of the great romances in literary history.

Read the Excerpt!

The very first thing he does is fix me with those wonderfully brown eyes and say, “It’s possible I’m too drunk to judge, but you might have something there.”
It’s October 1920 and jazz is everywhere. I don’t know any jazz, so I’m playing Rachmaninoff. I can feel a flush beginning in my cheeks from the hard cider my dear pal Kate Smith has stuffed down me so I’ll relax. I’m getting there, second by second. It starts in my fingers, warm and loose, and moves along my nerves, rounding through me. I haven’t been drunk in over a year–not since my mother fell seriously ill–and I’ve missed the way it comes with its own perfect glove of fog, settling snugly and beautifully over my brain. I don’t want to think and I don’t want to feel, either, unless it’s as simple as this beautiful boy’s knee inches from mine.
The knee is nearly enough on its own, but there’s a whole package of a man attached, tall and lean, with a lot of very dark hair and a dimple in his left cheek you could fall into. His friends call him Hemingstein, Oinbones, Bird, Nesto, Wemedge, anything they can dream up on the spot. He calls Kate Stut or Butstein (not very flattering!), and another fellow Little Fever, and yet another Horney or the Great Horned Article. He seems to know everyone, and everyone seems to know the same jokes and stories. They telegraph punch lines back and forth in code, lightning fast and wisecracking. I can’t keep up, but I don’t mind really. Being near these happy strangers is like a powerful transfusion of good cheer.
When Kate wanders over from the vicinity of the kitchen, he points his perfect chin at me and says, “What should we name our new friend?”
“Hash,” Kate says.
“Hashedad’s better,” he says. “Hasovitch.”
“And you’re Bird?” I ask.
“Wem,” Kate says.
“I’m the fellow who thinks someone should be dancing.” He smiles with everything he’s got, and in very short order, Kate’s brother Kenley has kicked the living room carpet to one side and is manning the Victrola. We throw ourselves into it, dancing our way through a stack of records. He’s not a natural, but his arms and legs are free in their joints, and I can tell that he likes being in his body. He’s not the least shy about moving in on me either. In no time at all our hands are damp and clenched, our cheeks close enough that I can feel the very real heat of him. And that’s when he finally tells me his name is Ernest.
“I’m thinking of giving it away, though. Ernest is so dull, and Hemingway? Who wants a Hemingway?”
Probably every girl between here and Michigan Avenue, I think, looking at my feet to keep from blushing. When I look up again, he has his brown eyes locked on me.
“Well? What do you think? Should I toss it out?”
“Maybe not just yet.”
A slow number starts, and without asking, he reaches for my waist and scoops me toward his body, which is even better up close. His chest is solid and so are his arms. I rest my hands on them lightly as he backs me around the room, past Kenley cranking the Victrola with glee, past Kate giving us a long, curious look. I close my eyes and lean into Ernest, smelling bourbon and soap, tobacco and damp cotton–and everything about this moment is so sharp and lovely, I do something completely out of character and just let myself have it.

Read the Reviews!

“This remarkable novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage is mesmerizing. Hadley’s voice, lean and lyrical, kept me in my seat, unable to take my eyes and ears away from these young lovers.”

—Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank

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The Paris Wife Virtual Book Tour Schedule

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Tuesday, March 1

Book spotlighted at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, March 2

Book reviewed and giveaway at Always With a Book

Thursday, March 3

Guest blogging at Always With a Book

Friday, March 4

Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Monday, March 7

Book spotlighted at Broowaha

Tuesday, March 8

Book spotlighted at Books, Products and More!

Wednesday, March 9

Book reviewed at Rundpinne

Thursday, March 10

Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

Friday, March 11 books

Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, March 14

Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, March 15

Book reviewed at Life in Review

Wednesday, March 16

Interviewed at American Chronicle

Thursday, March 17

Interviewed at Examiner

Friday, March 18

Interviewed at Paperback Writer

Guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress

Monday, March 21

Guest blogging at Review from Here

Tuesday, March 22

Interview at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, March 23

Interviewed at Blogcritics

Thursday, March 24

Book reviewed at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Friday, March 25

Book reviewed and giveaway at The Book Connection

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Paula McLain’s THE PARIS WIFE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ‘11 will officially begin on March 1st and end on March 25th. Please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested in hosting her or click here to use the form. Thank you!

If you would like to book your own virtual book tour with us, click here to find out how!

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