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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful novel of the stormy marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, a fiercely independent woman who became one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century—from the author of The Paris Wife and the new novel When the Stars Go Dark, available now!

“Romance, infidelity, war—Paula McLain’s powerhouse novel has it all.”—Glamour

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • New York Public Library • Bloomberg • Real Simple

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. There she also finds herself unexpectedly—and unwillingly—falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

On the eve of World War II, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must forge a path as her own woman and writer.

Heralded by Ann Patchett as “the new star of historical fiction,” Paula McLain brings Gellhorn’s story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2018
May 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
14.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Livre Amour ,

LOVE AND RUIN

PORTRAIT of a WRITER
as a HEMINGWAY WIFE

Paula McClain is an archaeologist who carefully sifts through the relics of Hemingway marriages.

LOVE AND RUIN, her second such foray after THE PARIS WIFE, reveals the complex life of Martha Gellhorn, famous war correspondent and Papa’s only spouse brave enough to leave him. She was his third of four wives.

TORTURED INSECURITY
McClain paints Gellhorn as a young woman beset by insecurities, the end of an affair with a married man, and the loss of a father who never fully accepts her. She is ripe for a tortured relationship with Ernest, which she enters with eyes wide open.

WRITING AS HAPPINESS
Insecurity informs her writing too, which she sublimates to her relationships — a clearly accepted choice at the time, although one that troubles her, as she knows writing is essential to her happiness.

WAR STORIES
Gellhorn feels compelled to tell the stories she witnesses in Spain, Germany and Finland of Everyman in war ... and of Everywoman and child as well. In doing so, she fulfills a deep sense of purpose. This gives her the courage to eventually move out of her husband’s suffocating shadow into her own light.

LOVELY VALENTINE
Although the story takes time to root, McClain woos us from the start with her gorgeous descriptive writing. I highly recommend this Portrait of a Writer as a Young Woman, McClain’s lovely Valentine to the gutsy Martha Gellhorn.

Girl from Rialto ,

Love and Ruin

Another book which was hard to put down.

Readingbythesea ,

Love and Ruin

Very good read hard to put down.

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