It is Paris in the summer in 1926. Ernest Hemmingway along with wife Hadley are enjoying time in the villa in southern France. They laugh and flirt and receive admiring glances from strangers, yet they are not alone. Fife, the woman who caught Ernest’s eye at a party awhile back is there as well. As much as Hadley wishes she could hate her, she finds Fife’s laid back easy-going ways to be appealing. It is easy to see what draws Ernest too her,and Hadley herself has come to know Fife as one of her dearest friends even thought she occasionally gives Ernest an ultimatum – end it now.
Eventually, Ernest does end it. But not with Fife. He ends his marriage to Hadley and marries Fife who is overjoyed as she has won the man of her dreams, even at the cost of Hadley. Together, Fife feels, they were go into their golden years hand in hand.
As years go by, Fife starts to see Ernest giving an appreciate eye to a younger, perkier woman named Martha. Fife suddenly know what it feels what it must have been like for Hadley as she watches, helpless as her husband finds ways to go away with Martha. Heart sick, Fife watches her marriage crumble before her.
But – if Martha thinks that she is the last of the Hemingway wives; she had better think again….
Woo this was good! I listened to this on audio and Kate Reading did a wonderful job narrating the voices of Ernest’s four wives as well as Ernest and an assortment of friends along the way. (Kate Reading’s rendition of Fife was exactly as I would have pictured her sounding, a distinctive smooth self-assured voice.
This was one of those audio books you hate to turn off. I love historical fiction! This audio was filled with real letters and telegrams of conversations that just added to the intrigue of Ernest Hemingway. I had no idea about Ernest’s life or loves, or even his untimely surprising death.
The book is told in alternating chapters by each of the four wives (talk about hearing “her side” of the story!), this fictional story unfolds as though you were right there. It has left me wanting to know more. I have never read Hemingway, but I plan to give him a try after feeling that I now… kind of know the man, and am now curious between all that time of having an unsettled heart… what did he write about?
Super fab people…. SUPER FAB.
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