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Hemingway's Girl Paperback – Bargain Price, September 4, 2012
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"Robuck's breathtaking alchemy is to put us inside the world of Hemingway and his wife Pauline." —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"Richly realized...Readers will delight in the complex relationships and vivid setting."—Publishers Weekly
"I fell in love with Robuck's Hemingway and with the fiery Mariella Bennet, but what I loved most was the novel's message: that we can inspire each other to be better human beings." —Ann Napolitano, author of A Good Hard Look
"Evokes a setting of the greatest fascination...This is assured and richly enjoyable storytelling." —Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife
"Brings to vivid life the captivating and volatile world of a literary legend." —Kristina McMorris, author of Letters From Home and Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
"An inspiring story of heartache and renewal. Readers will be sure to enjoy this ode to a literary icon." —Sarah McCoy, bestselling author of The Baker's Daughter
"Colorful, atmospheric, and a pleasure to plunge into." —Joseph Wallace, author of Diamond Ruby
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I liked "The Paris Wife," and now I love "Hemingway's Girl." Erika Robuck approaches Hemingway through an independent and fearless heroine, Mariella Bennet. Mariella is a servant in the Hemingway household in Key West.
Mr. Hemingway, Papa, is known for his delight in women, especially those to whom he is not married. He can't keep his hands off a pretty girl. But Mariella has no intention of becoming another of his cast-off girls. She doesn't always get along with Pauline, his second wife, who can see her husband's desire for Mariella. Papa doesn't feel he needs to hide anything, ever. But Marielle, despite her attraction, is quick to tell Papa that she has big plans for herself, and those plans do not include becoming a mistress to him.
The atmosphere of Key West, mostly undeveloped in the 1930s, the work of the vets on the highway through the mangrove swamps, and the lure of fishing the beautiful waters take the reader on a virtual vacation. The drinking, the fishing, the dancing, the cigarette smoke. . .all of these create images that take us away.
Robuck uses the setting, from the dive bars to the fantastical islands like Bimini, to develop both character and plot.
The dramatic ending compounds a series of events that draw together the character arc of Robuck's Marielle. I noticed a few anachronisms in this historical novel, but for me, the whole outweighed these insignificant intrusions.
Pauline, who caused the breakup of Hemingway's first marriage, is incredibly insecure and becomes jealous of his attentions to Mariella, who is torn between her desire for him and her blossoming love for Gavin. While she wrestles with this triangle, she must also try to help her sisters, the youngest of whom is prone to fevers, and her mother, who has been depressed since the death of her husband. When she is asked to accompany the Hemingways to the island of Bimini for the summer, she is torn between staying with her family and boyfriend or the temptation of Papa Hemingway.
Over Labor Day, a hurricane brews that puts the hundreds of vets who are working to build the road alongside Gavin in danger. The Labor Day Hurricane is one of the strongest storms to make landfall in American history and caused untold death and destruction.Read more ›
The main character is Mariella Bennet whose Cuban mother was disowned by her family for marrying an American fisherman. As the story begins, Hal Bennet has died and Mariella's mother is so deep in grief that it is up to her three daughters to look after themselves. They are desperately poor so Mariella works odd jobs on the waterfront to feed her little sisters and her mother.
Then she meets Hemingway and is hired as a maid in the home where he lives with his second wife, Pauline, and their children. The house is described in perfect detail, and the characterization of both Papa and Pauline are excellent. Papa and Mariella are drawn to each other and Pauline feels threatened; as Mariella struggles to avoid crossing any lines.
Meanwhile, she has met a veteran of WW I, one of many who are working on the overseas highway. I knew there had been a terrible hurricane that killed many of those workers, and the scene in this book carried me away. It was the most powerful scene in the book.
I don't want to give away any more of this excellent story, but just know that this is a wonderful read. I highly recommend this book whether you know Key West or not. The characters and settings will draw you in just as they did me.
Erika Robuck is a very good writer of description and also of natural sounding conversation. She shows us the beginning of the legendary "Papa" Hemingway who was slowly chipping away the idealistic young man who came home from World War I as a badly wounded Red Cross ambulance driver. Hemingway had always wanted to have a girl child in addition to the three boys he had with his first two wives, and apparently had a tendency to call younger women "daughter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great author! I am now reading ALL her books-great historical fiction!Published 1 month ago by cindy staten
A quick, interesting read. I learned some things from history that I did not know. I was interested in the characters... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ursie
I thoroughly disliked this book. What historical novelist writes a forward apologizing in advance for possibly screwing up timelines and plots? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mimi
I didn't expect to like it but found myself not only loving it but will pass along to an avid reader.Published 5 months ago by Schlemiel
It's been at least a year since I have read a book which grabbed me and delighted me like this one did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldnt put this book down.... perfect vacation read and a compelling story. A fictional but plausible story with a glimpse into Hemingways lifestyle. Highly recommend!Published 8 months ago by julie98033
I enjoy readying about Hemingway and his life and this was another slant on his character. Really enjoyed the book.Published 8 months ago by Caryl Hinkson