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The BookBrowse Review

Published May 21, 2014

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Book Jacket

Mrs. Hemingway
by Naomi Wood
27 May 2014
336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN-13: 9780143124610
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The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story...

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.

"Fans of literary biographies and biographical novels such as Paula McClain's best seller The Paris Wife will adore Wood's second novel. It will also appeal more broadly to those interested in history or historical fiction, women's issues, and romance." - Library Journal

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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." - 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

Naomi Wood was born in 1983 and lives in London. She studied at Cambridge and at UEA for her MA in Creative Writing. Originally from York, she has gone on to live in Hong Kong, Paris and Washington DC. She is the author of The Godless Boys and Mrs. Hemingway.

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