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.
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 8 days 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 23 days 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 28 days ago by E. Henderson
Excellent book and worth reading more than once, as it does seem to draw you into their world.Published 1 month ago by J. Doyle
The story of Gerald and Sarah Murphy is SO touching,..... one can't help but grieve for two young people who had so much, such a good life, but lost two of their greatest... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Waugh
Do not like that type of book. Too much about the "rich" people who are not real in my society. If only I had their money I would not be complaining.Published 1 month ago by Dixie
An excellent account of lives of which I was previously unaware but now feel as though I shared. I am inspired to reread Hemingway & Fitzgerald, among others, and search for the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeannine C. Ickes