From Publishers Weekly
In this dementedly comic, ribald foray, the author of Stark Raving Elvis transforms the suicide of literary legend Hemingway into a murder.
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From Library Journal
F. Scott Fitzgerald's observations "All literature is gossip" and "There are no second acts in American lives" are taken to heart in this hilarious romp, which includes everything from the Hemingway legend to TV talk shows and UFO abduction. Ex-Hemingway scholar-turned-celebrity biographer Elliot McGuire lands the task of ghost writing the larger-than-life story of Eric "Pappy" Markham, a pocket-edition Hemingway clone who claims to have done in Ernesto in revenge for Hemingway's having stolen his stories and writing style in the early 1920s. After the book becomes a smash best seller, McGuire sets out to restore Hemingway's reputation by revealing that much of the text was fabricated and proving Pappy a crank. Though it's part thriller and part pop culture study, the novel is mainly an analysis of present society's coveting of celebrityhood: "We're living in an era of obsession with other people's lives. Biography is to us what theology was to the Middle Ages." While Hemingway fans will get belly laughs from Henderson's clever revamping of Papadom, nonaficionados can also have great fun. Recommended.- Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
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