Based on a true story, Love and Ruin is a story of war, love, persistence, and complex relationships in the times leading up to WWII.
This is Martha Gellhorn’s journey through struggles and adventure and the heroism that set her apart. She was one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century and she told the stories that needed telling. During her journey, she finds herself unexpectedly and uncontrollably falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to being a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Hemingway made their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite.
Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn’s love story became history.
The characters came to life in this novel and the story kept pulling me in further and further.
This fast-moving, insightful, and heart wrenching novel is truly an inspiration.
I hope you enjoy Love and Ruin as much as I did.
— Amy Handley
“The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun were two of the most successful titles of the last decade for Alabama Booksmith, and Love and Ruin is more proof for the pudding that Paula McLain is a member of the master class of historical fiction writers. This exciting page-turner follows Martha Gellhorn as she reports from the center of the action of the Spanish Civil War, then jeopardizes her reputation and very existence by falling in love with the greatest literary giant of the day, Ernest Hemingway. This spectacular read is fact-based and deliciously entertaining.”
— Jake Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, AL