Festival Spotlight: Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Paula McLain

Paula McLain, author of the New York Times and internationally-bestselling novel, The Paris Wife, and the forthcoming novel, Circling the Sun, will be a featured guest at Fall for the Book on Saturday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. in Harris Theater on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. The Seattle Times called The Paris Wife—about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, and their lives in 1920’s Paris in the wild company of literary expats like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound—“Exquisitely evocative…This absorbing, illuminating book gives us an intimate view of a sympathetic and perceptive woman, the striving writer she married, the glittering and wounding Paris circle they were part of.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “The Paris Wife creates the kind of out-of-body reading experience that dedicated book lovers yearn for.” McLain’s new novel, Circling the Sun, is set in 1920’s colonial Kenya, and chronicles the life of famous aviator Beryl Markham, who was caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the memoir, Out of Africa. Booklist said of Circling the Sun: “McLain sustains a momentum as swift and heart-pounding as one of Beryl’s prize horses at a gallop. Lovers of historical fiction, literary history and compelling characters will love McLain’s work. This reading is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.

 

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