On the heels of her internationally acclaimed The Paris Wife
, Paula McLain has written a second historical novel based on the life of another overlooked woman from the early 1900s. While her previous book was about Ernest Hemingway
’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, Circling the Sun
follows Beryl Markham, a woman Hemingway deeply admired and, as rumor has it, propositioned unsuccessfully on safari. In fact, Hemingway so esteemed Markham’s memoir West with the Night
that he was “completely ashamed of [himself] as a writer.