Saturday, April 18, 2015

Six of the best fictionalized biographies

At B & N Reads, Jenny Kawecki tagged six of the best fictionalized biographies, including:
The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

Speaking of power couples, this book is not about one. McClain’s novel fictionalizes the life of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. During the years the couple lived in Paris, Hadley struggles to support Hemingway emotionally and artistically as he writes The Sun Also Rises. Everyone’s got an opinion on Hemingway, and good or bad, you’ll find something to agree with in this bio/novel.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Paris Wife is among Jessica Ferri's top nine novels about writers inspired by real-life events, Nicole Hill's five books that are basically country and western songs and Wai Chee Dimock's five top books on Hemingway in Paris; it made Kirkus Reviews list of the best historical fiction titles of 2011.

The Page 69 Test: The Paris Wife.

--Marshal Zeringue