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Welcome to Rainy Day Books! This holiday weekend, our bookselling staff will be enjoying the holiday with family and friends, with time off on Saturday May 26, Sunday May 27, and Monday May 28. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday May 29, 2018. This Memorial Day, we honor those who sacrificed so much for our great country.

We're all talking about Love and Ruin by Paula McLain. The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns with a new novel about Ernest Hemingway's passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn-- a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century. You'll find this book and many other recommendations right inside our door!

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101967386
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 1st, 2018

The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn--a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly--and uncontrollably--falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls,they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.