Last week even my days off weren’t free days as I had a house full of company due to the opening of hunting season. In our family deer hunting is taken seriously. Hunters wake up at 5am to get coffee in their thermos and head out to the deer stand before the sun comes up. They’re usually back for a big breakfast between 10-10:30 then they are out again until after dark where they come in for a big supper before curling up under a warm blanket and watching a little TV before hitting the sack to do it all over again the next morning. Last weekend my husband shot a 7 point buck with a drop tine that he was kind of excited about and my future daughter-in-law also got a young buck.
Me? I’m the head chef and babysitter! I don’t like guns, myself. I have went bow hunting before, but that’s the extent of it for me. Reading during the week and weekend came only late at night where I would read a few pages before falling asleep. I finished Cleopatra: A Life which was our book club read and I also finished Redemption, but I haven’t got around to writing the reviews on either one yet.
This week I will be reading a few I had on request from the library that finally came in. They are:
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.
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.
A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.
And, Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin—which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist—is the second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over.
Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted novel about surviving the unsurvivable—and living to bear witness.
**It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. It’s a fun way to catch up on the reading week of my fellow book bloggers and share what has happened in mine**