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Paula McLain

Books Capturing the Romance and Heartbreak of ‘The Light Between Oceans’

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The Light Between Oceans comes out in theaters Friday, September 2 and We. Can’t. Wait. And not just because it stars Michael Fassbender (though, yum). Originally a book written by M.L. Stedman in 2012, The Light Between Oceans is one of those heart-wrenching stories that stays with you long after you finish it. If you haven’t read the novel, get yourself to a bookstore ASAP. But in the meantime, here’s the movie’s lusciously-beautiful trailer: Doesn’t it look so good? Fassbender stars as Tom Sherbourne, a WWI soldier who returns from war and falls madly in love with Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander). The two move out to a remote lighthouse where they live in near-isolation. After a few failed pregnancies, Isabel is desperate…

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Book Review: Circling the Sun with real-life adventurer Beryl Markham

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Fans of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife—her delicious first-person novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson—will be glad to hear that her new work of historical fiction, Circling the Sun (Ballantine Books, July 28th) is just as good, if not better. You might not think you have much interest in the life of early aviatrix Beryl Markham (1902–1986), but McLain may well prove you wrong. This is a remarkable, action-filled life story, and the terrific storytelling more than does it justice. A prologue set in September 1936 has our heroine setting off from the airfield in Abingdon, England, the first woman to achieve a solo east–west crossing of the Atlantic. The entire novel, then, is almost like an internal…

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Zelda and Mrs. Hemingway: Literary Wives Take Center Stage

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Zelda Fitzgerald died 66 years ago to the day, in 1948. She had been a patient at Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, off and on for nearly a dozen years. On March 10, fire spread through the hospital and burned nine women alive, including Zelda, who was on a locked ward awaiting electroshock treatment. As much for her turbulent lifestyle as for her horrific death, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald continues to serve as a tragic muse for contemporary novelists.  Therese Anne Fowler brings to life in wondrous historical detail Zelda’s Alabama upbringing, Scott’s early courtship, and her ambitions for writing and dancing in her novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, now out in paperback. This…

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