This novel explores what went on around Ernest Hemingway leading up to and immediately after writing his breakthrough novel "The Sun Also Rises." The reader gets a good sense of Hemingway in how he thought and planned for his highly desired greatness. He really wasn't a nice guy and most often turned against those that encouraged and nurtured his talent and progress.
However, this book is beautifully written and though it honors and respects Hemingway's huge contribution to American literature, is not afraid to also show his less attractive side. Really, not a nice guy.
I highly recommend this book if you love literature, love reading about "The Lost Generation" and Paris and the ex-pat post WWI scene, are not afraid of history and are a gossip.