My name is Didi Gluck, and I’m the health and beauty director of Real Simple. I am so excited to be reading The Paris Wife—for several reasons. First, I love Ernest Hemingway. My father modeled himself after Hemingway (like “Papa,” my dad enjoyed hunting, fishing, wine, bullfights, and all things macho), so he’s always had a special place in my heart. Second, one of my closest friends while growing up was named Hadley, like Hemingway’s wife during his early years in Paris (from whose perspective this book is told), so I am excited to learn more about this woman. And, last, who doesn’t love a romance novel set in Paris? Sounds like the perfect summer read to me.
I’m not sure if you all will be reading on e-readers or actual books, but I’ll be on a Kindle. Which means that I won’t be able to give you page numbers, so let’s break up the book by chapters:
For August 5: Chapters 1 through 12
For August 12: Chapters 13 through 25
For August 19: Chapters 26 through 35
For August 26: Chapters 36 through the epilogue
As you read those first 12 chapters, start thinking about whether you think the times made the man, or the man made the times: I’m obsessed with how all of this great literary and artistic talent ended up in Paris in the 1920s. I’m thinking it wasn’t mere coincidence. Happy reading!