Hemingway's Girl

Hemingway's Girl

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From the bestselling author of The House of Hawthorne  comes a historical fiction novel that gives life to the women behind novelist Ernest Hemingway in a "robust, tender story of love, grief, and survival on Key West in the 1930s."*

In Depression-era Key West, Mariella Bennet, the daughter of an American fisherman and a Cuban woman, knows hunger. Her struggle to support her family following her father's death leads her to a bar and bordello, where she bets on a risky boxing match...and attracts the interest of two men: world-famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, and Gavin Murray, one of the WWI veterans who are laboring to build the Overseas Highway.

When Mariella is hired as a maid by Hemingway's second wife, Pauline, she enters a rarified world of lavish, celebrity-filled dinner parties and elaborate off-island excursions. As she becomes caught up in the tensions and excesses of the Hemingway household, the attentions of the larger-than-life writer become a dangerous temptation...even as straightforward Gavin Murray draws her back to what matters most.  Will she cross an invisible line with the volatile Hemingway, or find a way to claim her own dreams?  As a massive hurricane bears down on Key West, Mariella faces some harsh truths...and the possibility of losing everything she loves.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c2012.
ISBN: 9780451237880
0451237889
Characteristics: 326 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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Pisinga
Aug 08, 2017

Soap novel, using the name of Hemingway. The first half of the book almost made me quit the continuation of reading, unreal characters, predictability. After half of book there was a little improvement. As the author herself said, Hemmingway is one of her favorite writers, but why should this love be expressed through a novel where described real facts from Hemmingway’s biography are mixed with fiction? The main character of the book, in general, is a contrived character: can talk with Hemingway about literature. Involuntarily arises the question: where does she get such knowledge, judging by the conditions of her life and education.
In vain the author used the name of Hemingway. One could simply describe a fictional character whose image could have been based on facts from the writer's life.

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caraleebrooke
Aug 07, 2013

This is easily one of my favorite books. Robuck creatively allows the you to see into the life of Hemingway during his second marriage. the historical aspects and lives of the fictional characters flow seemlessly, captured my undivided attention. such a good read!

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KarenW
Mar 03, 2013

Young Mariella tries to put more food on her family’s empty table by gambling and sometimes winning at the fights. She meets some very interesting characters along the way. One of which is Ernest Hemingway who hires her to be his maid. Soon she is caught between the lecherous Papa and his jealous wife. While this makes me think of the Paris Wife by Paula McLean, I feel this is an inferior tale.

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Elizabeth49
Oct 29, 2012

Hemingway’s Girl is one of the most readable books I’ve read in a long time. It’s one of those books that grabs you from page one and never lets go. The characters were vividly placed in my mind by the author. She gave them voices that were believable and connected with me. The storyline was authentic and beautiful. I’d been to visit Key West a few years ago and was able to picture every scene in my mind. However, even if I’d never visited, I’d be able to see everything through the author’s eyes. I did not want this book to end. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

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