Paula McLain Luncheon

Image of Paula McClain photo credit Nina Subin  Jacket Cover of Love and Ruin Image

Paula McLain

Author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin

Wednesday, May 9th at 12pm - Luncheon at Shade Hotel 

Ticketed - $75 (includes book and lunch)

Ladies!  Gather your girlfriends and join us for a special luncheon with New York Times Bestselling Author, Paula McClain.  She will be discussing her new book Love and Ruin.  The event will be outside in the courtyard at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach.    Advanced ticket purchase is required.  Extra copies of Love and Ruin and Paula's other books will be available for sale at the event.  There is limited seating, book early!

New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain’s acclaimed novels The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun have sold more than 2 million copies. McLain has been credited with reinvigorating the genre of historical fiction and has been praised by Ann Patchett, Jodi Picoult, JoJo Moyes, NPR, O: The Oprah MagazinePeopleEntertainment Weekly and USA Today, among others. 

In Love and Ruin (Ballantine Hardcover On Sale: May 1, 2018) McLain returns to the timeless subject of Ernest Hemingway and the fascinating women who captured his heart, this time writing about his determined, career-driven third wife, Martha Gellhorn, the only one to ask him for a divorce. 

Gellhorn was a force of nature who defied society’s expectations of a woman’s place in the world and withstood a stormy marriage to the troubled writer, which would nearly destroy them both. As one of the 20th century’s most significant war correspondents, she reported on virtually every major conflict for sixty years, from the Spanish Civil War to the Bay of Pigs, from Vietnam, to El Salvador, to Panama, where she covered the invasion at the age of eighty-one. Surrounded by thousands of dying soldiers, she was the only woman, and one of few reporters, on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. And amid her career as a war correspondent, she also became a celebrated writer who published over a dozen books in her lifetime.

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in a devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly, and uncontrollably, falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home (and plenty of daiquiris), their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer.

Photo Credit: Nina Subin


Event address: 
1221 N Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
The Paris Wife: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345521316
Availability: Out of Stock, but we can likely order it for you. We will advise if we cannot.
Published: Ballantine Books - November 27th, 2012

Circling the Sun: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345534200
Availability: Out of Stock, but we can likely order it for you. We will advise if we cannot.
Published: Ballantine Books - May 31st, 2016