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Beautifully Written Historical Fiction!
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2018
Paula McLain is one of my all-time favorite authors, and somehow this newest novel has snuck its way into my heart as my new favorite. Though I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE both The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, this new novel was even more brilliant than these well-loved favorites!
The reason is certainly Marty Gellhorn herself-- a character who is just enough "me" for me to relate to while simultaneously being far more daring than I could ever hope to be. Yet, throughout all of the horrific things she witnesses in the novel, she never loses her humanity or her ability to be vulnerable. Ms. McLain has written a masterpiece of a character here.
And not just one! Her portrayal of Ernest Hemingway is a wonderful, paradoxical blend of tenderness, charisma, passion, pettiness, selfishness, and moroseness. Such a complex character! And so brilliantly executed.
I cannot think of a single criticism to name. This is absolutely my favorite book of the year, so far. Above any other genre, it takes a finely honed-- and I suspect hard-won-- skillset to write quality Historical Fiction. Ms. McLain has done it time and time again and this novel is no exception.
I highly recommend this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.