“Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain

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This book is about Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.  (The same author also wrote “The Paris Wife”, which was about Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife).   Martha Gellhorn was an author and well-known war correspondent in her own right.  She covered most major conflicts of the twentieth century, in a career of 60-plus years, and was present at the liberation of Dachau. She was the only woman at the D-Day invasion.  She and Hemingway were married for thirty-five years, after which he married one more time.  Gellhorn and Hemingway both died of suicide, although forty years apart, he from a gunshot, she from an overdose of medications.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

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