“A slow number starts, and without asking, he reaches for my waist and scoops me toward his body, which is even better up close. His chest is solid and so are his arms. I rest my hands on them lightly as he backs me around the room, past Kenley cranking the Victrola with glee, past Kate giving us a long, curious look. I close my eyes and lean into Ernest , smelling bourbon and soap, tobacco and damp cotton — and everything about this moment is so sharp and lovely, I do something completely out of character and just let myself have it.”
Often the setting of a book is as important as the main characters and just as pivotal to the plot. This month’s selection The Paris Wife is no different. The book opens in Chicago in the Roaring ’20s as jazz and speakeasies are taking the city by storm. But the real star of the story is Paris during what has become known as “The Crazy Years”.
“A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.” If you like audio books you can go to the Simply Audiobooks offer on TrialPay under Special Offers and get 675 Swag Bucks with your first rental. You can snag a physical copy through The Literary Guild offer, also on Trial Pay, and earn 900 Swag Bucks in the process. Or you can get a Barnes & Noble Gift Card or Amazon Gift Card. And there is always the local library.
To help set the mood for those of you not yet finished with the book I’ve gathered the sights and sounds of Paris in the 1920s for your enjoyment. You can almost picture the protagonists walking arm in arm amongst these images – Paris at Night in the 20s & 30s. The Art Deco architecture and flapper fashion set the mood for a carefree time of robust economic growth and prosperity. But as we know from history class, not all was well. But we will worry about that when the time comes and as Josephine Baker sings, “Then I’ll Be Happy.”
Come back next week, Friday December 16th at 10am PT and we will discuss The Paris Wife as well as vote on our next selection. I hope to see you then!
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