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Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck
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Jun 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, own, signed-copy, bea
Read from September 21 to 25, 2013 — I own a copy

I love books that fictionalize famous writers and I think Robuck's effort here was successful. Ernest Hemingway is certainly a larger than life character, and here he is portrayed in all his masculine, temperamental glory. Mariella struggles to feed her family in depression-era Key West. But the well-to-do Hemingway family needs a maid and Mariella jumps at the opportunity to work for the charismatic author. Her relationship with him begins as a dangerous flirtation, inciting Ernest's second wife Pauline's jealousy. But Mariella falls in love with Gavin, a handsome veteran, and the magnetism between Mariella and "Papa" evolves into a strong alliance and enduring friendship.

I never really connected with Mariella as a character because I felt she let her emotions cloud her judgment. She feels guilty about her attraction to Ernest, she is angry at her mother for being so useless in grief for her recently deceased husband, and she is mistrustful of Gavin despite his apparent devotion to her. I did enjoy the depiction of Ernest and his capacity for both cruelty and compassion. I thought Robuck did a great job incorporating the devastating hurricane that struck the Florida Keys and its lasting impact on all of the characters. Overall, it was an enjoyable piece of historical fiction with a literary twist.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

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