LOVE AND RUIN
by Paula McLain
Beautifully written, this story of journalist and writer Martha Gellhorn captivated me. McLain (The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun) paints "Marty" as she was--a strong, smart, independent woman who wanted to report while imbedded in WWII war zones. Marty loved her work and Ernest Hemingway, and was determined to find a way to keep both in her life. Hemingway was an older, more mature man when he married Marty, but his drinking and darkness was ever present. Love and Ruin is filled with the heat of Hemingway and Gellhorn's extraordinary love story. It also provides historical insights into pre-war Spain, life in Cuba, and the invasion of Normandy, all based on letters written by Gellhorn. Great read!