Mrs. Hemingway (Paperback)

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Virgie's Staff Pick (June 2014): This is the story of Ernest Hemingway, and his wife … or should I say, wives! Throughout his adult life, from the 1920’s in Paris to the 1960’s Cold War America, Ernest had FOUR wives. What is interesting is how these wives became “a strange family … such unlikely sisters.” I find it sad to think that such a famous and dashing author, considered himself, at the end of his life, to be “just a desperate old man.”

I don’t want to ruin this story by telling too much, but I found it to be very interesting and captivating!

— From Virgie's Picks


The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story . . .
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
A Richard & Judy UK Pick

Paula McLain's New York Times-bestselling novel piqued readers' interest about Ernest Hemingway's romantic life. But Hadley was only one of four women married, in turn, to the legendary writer. Just as T.C. Boyle's bestseller The Women completed the picture begun by Nancy Horan's Loving Frank, Naomi Wood's Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous and dashing writer of his generation. Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary: each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong.

Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway's marriages. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America, populated with members of the fabled "Lost Generation," Mrs. Heminway is a riveting tale of passion, love, and heartbreak.

About the Author

Naomi Wood was awarded the 2012 inaugural Eccles Centre British Library Writer in Resident Award. She is the Young Patrons Ambassador at the British Library and teaches at the University of East Anglia. She lives in London. Mrs. Hemingway is her American debut.

Praise For…

Praise for Mrs. Hemingway 
  ***A Harper’s Bazaar (UK) Best Book of 2014***
***A Stylist Magazine (UK) Best Book of 2014***
“Wood has given us 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.”
Therese Ann Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
“Naomi Wood’s absorbing, illuminating novel offers fascinating portraits of four extraordinary women and the tortured literary genius who loved them. If you thought you knew all there was to know about Ernest Hemingway’s wives, their passions, and their heartbreak, think again.”
Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival
“It takes an unusual skill to keep someone reading a story to which they think they already know the ending. But Mrs. Hemingway is so beautifully written, and evocative, that I could not put it down until the last page.”
Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
“With remarkable insight and boldness, Naomi Wood brilliantly takes on one of history’s most remembered writers and the women who loved him. Obsessively readable, fascinating, and heartbreaking, Mrs. Hemingway captures a time and people in a style the legend himself would no doubt admire.”
Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl
“Forget everything you thought you knew about Ernest Hemingway’s four wives.  In a quartet of searing interlocked portraits, Naomi Wood brings vividly to life the real women who loved and lost the legendary charmer and great writer.  Mrs. Hemingway is a luminous heartbreaking novel.  Wood is a writer to watch.”
Ellen Feldman, Orange Prize-shortlisted author of Lucy
“A detailed and deeply affecting account of the complex relationship between love and work.” —Ian Sansom, author of The Case of the Missing Books
“It's superb, everything about it - the sentences, details, dialogue, but also the architecture, the way it's built. It flirts with all that’s already known, but the women feel real and fresh, and through their eyes so does Hemingway.”
Andrew Cowan, author of Pig
“Luminous, intoxicating…A passionate novel based on real lives, full of betrayals and moments of heartbreaking intimacy as Wood gives four remarkable women star billing.”
Marie Claire (UK)
"Readers who enjoyed Loving Frank and The Paris Wife will adore this ideal summer read. Seamlessly blending known facts with fiction, Mrs. Heminway is an absorbing, tender glimpse inside the lives of those in Hemingway's inner circle."

“Well researched . . .  interesting . . . [and] cleverly done.”
Literary Review (UK)
“Exquisitely written, the Mrs. Hemingways finally have their say in this beautiful novel.”
Stylist Magazine (UK)
“A beautiful read and an amazing insight into the life of the man . . . superb.”
Red (UK)
“Very occasionally, a piece of fiction based on facts is so good that I catch myself thinking: ‘Oh, so that’s how it really was.’ Wood achieves this in this breathtakingly good look at the lives of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives . . . . Sublime.”
The Bookseller (UK)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143124610
ISBN-10: 0143124617
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Pages: 322
Language: English