Genre: Historical Fiction
Opening line: “Everything, now, is done a trois.”
Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of the deaths of all four of Ernest Hemingway’s marriages. The book begins with Hadley as she silently suffers through their family’s vacation in Antibes—the vacation which she knowingly invited Ernest’s mistress, Fife, to, in the hopes that the tension would cause Ernest’s affair to break up. It has just the opposite effect; Hadley breaks, issuing an ultimatum: if Ernest and Fife can make it 100 days without seeing each other and they still want each other at the end of it, she will grant Ernest a divorce. The trial only goes about 55 days before Hadley relents and grants the divorce anyway. This is the story that is most widely known, due to the popularity of The Paris Wife.