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As well as good times, that life included suffering endured with great courage. The Murphys' teenage sons died within two years of each other in the mid-1930s--one suddenly, one after a long battle with tuberculosis--and the Depression forced Gerald to resume the uncongenial work of managing his family's business. Vaill's sensitive rendering reveals the moral substance that enabled this stylish couple to survive heartbreak. But it's her marvelous evocation of those magical expatriate years that lingers in the memory. The wit and imaginative panache with which the Murphys lived sparkles again, recapturing a splendid historical moment. As Sara later said, "It was like a great fair, and everybody was so young." --Wendy Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is an outstanding book for anyone interested in the American expats in Paris in the 1930's!Published 5 days ago by Glenn Grzonka
Wonderful story about a wonderful time with interesting historical people. A good read!Published 2 months ago by Gwynne Marshall
If you're interested in the couple who were friends with Fitzgerald, Hemingway and most of the other luminaries of their era, read this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Toni Apicelli
The Murphys were among the most fascinating people of the early part of the 20th century. Everyone wanted to be a part of their circle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by EFCook
Extremely well-written and well-researched. I have recently read both "The Paris Wife" and "Zelda", so it was nice to read even more about the Murphys.Published 5 months ago by Linda Windom
Intriguing and now I want to know everything there is to know about this time period. Gerald and Sara Murphy were certainly lesser known than Hemingway, Picasso, and Fitzgerald,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. Henderson
Excellent book and worth reading more than once, as it does seem to draw you into their world.Published 5 months ago by J. Doyle