Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Showcase - Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton

I can never get enough about the enigmatic journalist/author Ernest Hemingway especially his relationships. So I'm pleased to showcase this novel by NYT bestseller, Meg Waite Clayton about  his third wife, Martha Gellhorn still considered one of the greatest war corespondents of the twentieth century. She was the only female reporter who landed in the Normandy D-Day attack.

ISBN-13:  978-1503900837
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: 8-1-2018
Length: 384pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound/Audible


From New York Times bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton comes a riveting novel based on one of the most volatile and intoxicating real-life love affairs of the twentieth century.

Key West, 1936. Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship—forged over writing, talk, and family dinners—flourishes into something undeniable in Madrid while they’re covering the Spanish Civil War.

Martha reveres him. The very married Hemingway is taken with Martha—her beauty, her ambition, and her fearless spirit. And as Hemingway tells her, the most powerful love stories are always set against the fury of war. The risks are so much greater. They’re made for each other.

With their romance unfolding as they travel the globe, Martha establishes herself as one of the world’s foremost war correspondents, and Hemingway begins the novel that will win him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Beautiful Exiles is a stirring story of lovers and rivals, of the breathless attraction to power and fame, and of one woman—ahead of her time—claiming her own identity from the wreckage of love.


“Clayton uses her meticulous research skills to bring to life the wartime years of Martha Gellhorn… Clayton’s take on their boozy, love/hate relationship is packed with details of the war … a dramatic backdrop for her fictional tale of two vivid personalities and world-altering writers.” —Booklist (starred review)

“… so well written that at times I forgot I was reading a novel, and instead found myself immersed in the roar of battle, either on the front lines or in their living room. This is highly recommended reading because the plot is well paced, the characters ring true, and the story reveals the difficulties of two strong-willed people at odds with one another.” – Historical Novel Society, which chose Beautiful Exiles as an Editors’ Choice

“Riveting … Fascinating!” – Andrea Peskind Katz in Good Life Family Magazine

“Clayton (The Wednesday Sisters, The Race for Paris) delves into the tumultuous relationship between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, his third wife. The writing is rich with detail; the exotic locales—from Madrid during the Spanish Civil War to D-day on Normandy’s Omaha Beach to the couple’s home in Cuba—are vividly portrayed; and major figures of the day from Eleanor Roosevelt to Gary Cooper make an appearance… Gellhorn, an accomplished novelist and war correspondent, was overshadowed in life and death by the Hemingway legend, although we can now be grateful that [Gellhorn’s] legacy is being celebrated in [this strong work] of historical fiction. – Library Journal

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Meet Meg:
Book club favorite and New York Times and USA Today bestseller Meg Waite Clayton (that’s me!) is the author of six novels, including the Langum Prize honored The Race for Paris and The Wednesday Sisters, one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time (on a list with The Three Musketeers!) and The Language of Light, a finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (now the PEN/Bellwether). I’ve written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Runner’s World and public radio, often on the subject of the particular challenges women face.


  1. I just read Love and Ruin earlier this summer. It is so interesting that two such similar topics are covered in the same year! Will check it out, particularly with him being in the news again with the newly published story.

    1. I missed that one I'm checking it out. He's one of my favorite authors.

  2. Thanks for sharing the sound clip. This sounds completely fascinating.

  3. Ooo sounds really intriguing! A volatile love affair? Makes me wonder and want to pick it up!

  4. Most likely won't get to read it but I like that she was so strong in her own right.

  5. Oh this sounds interesting. Not my usual type of read.

  6. I've been curious about this and I love the sound of the audio!

    1. I know, me too. Anything about Hemingway and I'm please give it to me LOL