In this collection of historical novels – fact and fiction merge to recreate the dramatic, scandalous and often tragic love stories of women who loved some of the world’s most iconic men: architect Frank Lloyd Wright, writer Ernest Hemingway, scientist Albert Einstein and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
While the New York bestseller The Paris Wife (by Paula McLain) covered the years of love and betrayal between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson, Mrs. Hemingway paints four complex love stories. As Hemingway moves from marriage to mistress, the novel infuses real letters, telegrams and journals to detail all of Hemingway’s turbulent relationships from the roaring twenties through to his death in 1961.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
In 1896, a brilliant student Mileva Maric plans to pursue a degree in mathematics, and is the only female scholar in her classes at a prestigious university in Zurich. Physically disabled, Mileva’s parents prepare her for a life without marriage. Yet when she meets a fellow student in her class named Albert Einstein, her plans change dramatically. Written entirely from the viewpoint of Mileva, this compelling story details how their relationship evolves from loving to abusive. Caught in the shadow of Einstein, the author builds on the speculation that Mileva contributed to the theory of relativity but her named was omitted by Einstein.
“Z” is for Zelda, the famous flapper, dancer and writer who married F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night). Considered the ‘couple of the roaring twenties,’ Zelda and Scott’s whirlwind romance began in Alabama but it was during their time in France where they would socialize with many of the artistic and intellectual elite of the day. Among their friends were Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway. This novel focuses on their tumultuous, and eventually failed marriage brought on by Scott’s alcoholism and, later, Zelda’s mental illness.
Between the years 1907 – 1914 Chicago was scandalized when world-renown American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney deserted their respective spouses (and children) for each other. This novel recounts their illicit affair through the eyes of Mamah. It follows both their internal family conflicts, but also how the couple faced society’s hostility toward them.