LOVE and RUIN by Paula McLain & GIVEAWAY


Bestselling author, Paul McClain returns to the subject of Hemingway in LOVE AND RUIN (BallantineBooks) a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn – a fierercly independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century.

LOVE AND RUIN includes several things I’m absolutely in love with. First Ernest Hemingway. I remember reading his short story, HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS in junior high-school. It was the first time, I fully recognized the power of the written word. Second, it includes a female war correspondent. I never traveled to worn-torn countries, but I was a journalist for nearly thirty-years. One might argue, once a journalist, always. And third, much of the novel takes place in Cuba, a country I visited two years ago. I was able to visit Hemingway’s home. It was exotic, beautiful, and somehow I felt I was “kind of breaking the rules,” even though I was there legally.





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 devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly and uncontrollably falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend.

“Do you want me to stay?”

“Oh.” He’d caught me off guard. Somehow I hadn’t let myself think this could happen, though he was very much a man, and I was a woman. I had kept him high above all that in my mind, where he was my hero and also my teacher, my friend. I tried to think of what else to say, but it was all too thin.

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, 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 being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer.

It’s a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own.

I’ve loved all of Paula’s novels, and LOVE AND RUIN has become my new favorite. I also suggest readers check out her memoir, LIKE FAMILY: Growing Up In Other People’s Houses. Its a stark difference from what you may picture Paula’s upbringing to be, or at least it was for me. She’s a survivor and her strength radiates from every word she writes.



Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. She now introduces her latest title, Love and Ruin.

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurses aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker, a cocktail waitress–before discovering she could (and very much wanted to) write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996.

She is the author of The Paris Wife, a New York Times and international bestseller, which has been published in thirty-four languages. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is also the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family, Growing up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives with her family in Cleveland.

We have one copy of LOVE AND RUIN to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about Ernest Hemingway and/or Cuba.

We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY USA only, please

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21 thoughts on “LOVE and RUIN by Paula McLain & GIVEAWAY

  1. I love that Paula McLain wrote another book about Hemingway. I enjoyed The Paris Wife. Thrilled that this story is about Martha Gellhorn, but gives another glimpse into Hemingway’s life.


  2. I have read other books about Hemmingway’s other wives. I am sure this book is great…well, it’s Paula McClain, right. Think for the offer.

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  3. I love reading about Ernest Hemingway. He was a very interesting person. This sounds like a good read!


  4. love that Hemingway left caretaking for his cats in Key West. i think the culture of Cuba is interesting; the art, music, dancing, food.


  5. It’s really embarrassing with as much as I read to admit that I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything by Hemingway. I can’t say that I know all that much about Cuba either other than they have good cigars, so I’ve been told. LOL


  6. I have been to Hemmingway’s house in Key West several times. from a few blocks away, at the Southernmost tip, you can see Cuba. He was a fascinating man with a tortured soul.


  7. Hemingway spent a great deal of time in Cuba, drinking, fishing and writing. What a scene it must have been when he was there. Real and beautiful filled with inspiration and intrigue.


  8. I see Hemingway as a mysterious, intriguing man who made his own rules, lived his life as he wished, and loved deeply. He also loved cats and that gets high marks from me. I’m amused by that as he was such a manly man. I don’t know very much about Cuba and its history. I do adore Paula’s books and appreciate the chance to win.


  9. While Hemingway at times may not have been a nice man or faithful to some of his wives, he was an excellent writer and adventurous. We may not have known about some places if we hadn’t seen through his eyes through his books. I love that he loved cats and that the caretakers in Key West stayed with the cats during the terrible storm. That gets high marks from me.


  10. I have to admit I don’t know a lot about Hemingway but reading these posts intrigues me to read more about him to learn more about him. Thanks for the chance to win!


  11. This book sounds so intriguing. I don’t know a lot about Hemingway other then he seems so mysterious! I do remember reading Old Man and the Sea. Cuba seems mysterious to me too.


  12. Reading about Hemingway is a joy, he spent quite a bit of time in ID too and that is where I live.


  13. I would like to read more about Hemingway and Cuba. Hemingway is a very mysterious man and Cuba is a very mysterious country. “Love and Ruin” sounds like an interesting read.


  14. I would love to travel to Cuba someday. I have heard how beautiful Cuba is. I can dream right? Thank you for the chance.


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