Book Review – Hemingway’s Girl

13485500I recently joined a neighborhood book club and the selection for this month was Hemingway’s Girl. I wouldn’t have picked this book up on my own and it would have been my loss as it is a great read.

Erika Robuck is a member of the Hemingway Society and while the story is Mariella’s, Hemingway and his wife Pauline are strong characters. Especially Hemingway. I felt like I came away knowing this complex charismatic man, but also realizing that probably no one really knew him.

Set in the 1930’s it’s a story of love, poverty, riches and survival on Key West.

This is a story rich in characters that I’ll remember. Even Mariella’s mother turns out to be a character to admire in the end.

In the blurb from the book (below) it only touches on Gavin and yet he is a hero to embrace and my favorite character in the story.

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 the reliable 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.

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8 responses to “Book Review – Hemingway’s Girl

  1. Wow. This story sounds powerful. Thanks for the rec, Lavada. Off to read further…

  2. It was good and not sure I’d have picked it up on my own.

  3. Sounds fascinating. I was also intrigued by her name, Mariella, being so close to that of Hemingway’s granddaughter’s Marielle.

  4. I didn’t know that but someone mentioned it at the book club meeting.

  5. sounds great. Big Hemingway fan here.

  6. Sounds a great read. Love Hemmingway.

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