Good thing I gave the book a chance, because I was completely wrong.
Plot: The Paris Wife is told from the point of view of Hadley, Ernest's first wife. They meet in Chicago in 1920 and quickly fall in love. After marrying, they're off to Paris where Ernest believes he can hob nob with the "it" literary crowd while advancing his career.
After a while, Ernest and Hadley find themselves deeply engaged in Jazz Age Paris, friendly with some of the finest literary minds of the time. They travel Europe together as Ernest searches for the story that will make it big. However, as his career takes off, his home life suffers.
Characters: Told from her vantage point, you can't help by love Hadley. Her voice is tender and real and she was by far my favorite character. As I thought about the book after I finished, I had trouble finding other favorites. There were lots of characters to be sure, but they all took a back seat to the central love story. In addition, many of the women in the book that Hadley considers friends were difficult to like. None were as real and genuine as Hadley, and I felt a niggling sense of distrust about each.
Overall I enjoyed this book much more than expected. I struggled through Hemingway in high school and college, but this view of him before fame and fortune has given me a back story that makes me curious to give his novels another try.