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Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener was in his sixties when he began traveling frequently to the Florida Keys. One result of those visits was the novel Matecumbe, named after two of the islands that comprise the town of Islamorada, located approximately half way between Miami and Key West.

Never before published, Matecumbe features many of the hallmarks of Miche...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 9th 2007 by University Press of Florida
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Feb 23, 2014 Kathy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathy by: Margaritaville Travel
This book was on a suggested reading list for a Miami/Florida Keys tour I am embarking upon today, so I read 90% of it on the plane. The plane ride was only 3 hours long, so that is the first clue that it is not like the other Michener books I have enjoyed which would have taken much longer to read. It has been many years since I've read Michener, but being a geologist and a fan of historical sagas, I enjoyed Hawaii, Caribbean, Texas. If any of them contained romance-novel dialogue like Matecumb...more
I have just about every work that Michener wrote. I love them all. But, Matecumbe was not pleasant to read. True, it did not have earth-shattering events or intriguing mysteries to solve, which are Michener hallmarks, but it just had very "forced" writing--sometime it was hard to tell if it was conversation or reflective comments. The person who was given this manuscript by Michener, Joe Avenick, was a ghostwriter for Michener for several years. He claims that Michener wrote Matecumbe to be a "s...more
A little too predictable of a dual love story. The best part was at the "afterward" by Joe Avenick discussing about how no publisher wanted to publish the book, as well as his ghost writing experience with Michener. I did not get all of the hidden meanings. It might make a good "chick flick"
Carol Skarbek
Not worth reading.
Sep 10, 2008 Helena rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Helena by: Saw a review in Southern Living
Shelves: fiction, florida
I thought this would have a more Keys-y feel to it, but it was much more about the (not very interesting) characters than it was about the Keys. It was okay, but the author's habit of presenting so much of the characters' thoughts as internal dialogue--complete with quotation marks--was distracting and kept the story from flowing as well as it could have. Overall, though, it was an okay read.
Great love story written years ago. A major departure from Micheners typical novel, part love story, part autobiography. Made me feel like I was reading a Nicholas Sparks book.

Great afterword about how no publisher wanted to touch it, writen by the person he gave it to as a gift.
Curt Blair
If Michener wrote this awful novella, he should have burned it. My suspicion is that his ghost writer, to whom Michener gave the writes to this work, made substantial alterations between the time Michener died and the book was published.
Slightly disappointing, a little contrived in places, the sexy bits were a little uncomfortable to read as it seemed they were a little difficult to write! I really missed the historical detail associated with Michener!
Terrible dialogue, predictable plot, suffocatingly autobiographical point of view. I loved Michener's monster novels as a young adult, mostly for their history and regional perspective. None of that is here.
Robin (RBBR)
Oct 29, 2011 Robin (RBBR) marked it as eventually
Michener's last novel, published posthumously 10 years after his passing in its unedited form.
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James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific , which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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