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Hemingway's Girl
by Erika Robuck

Published: 2012-09-04
Paperback : 352 pages
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“She remembered when Hemingway had planted a banyan tree at his house and told her its parasitic roots were like human desire. At the time she’d thought it romantic. She hadn’t understood his warning.”

In Depression-era Key West, Mariella Bennet, the daughter of an American ...

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“She remembered when Hemingway had planted a banyan tree at his house and told her its parasitic roots were like human desire. At the time she’d thought it romantic. She hadn’t understood his warning.”

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 straightforward 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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Compare/contrast with Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast and the novel The Paris Wife
by FTessa (see profile) 08/06/13

Compare The Paris Wife and Hemingway's Girl. Which timeframe did you find Ernest Hemingway the most intriguing? Did you like him or dislike him?
by ladyjane7 (see profile) 04/12/13

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  "Good historical fiction"by FTessa (see profile) 08/06/13

3.5***

In 1961, Mariella, a widow living on Key West with her 25-year-old son, is devastated by the news that Ernest Hemingway has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Her memories of Pap

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  "Hemingway's Girl"by ladyjane7 (see profile) 04/12/13

Hemingways Girl was a wonderful story following our Book Clubs reading of The Paris Wife. Although The Paris Wife was very good, it showed a different side of Ernest Hemingway with his first wife, Haddie,... (read more)

 
  "Great follow up to Paris Wife"by tpurcell (see profile) 11/15/12

Our book club read Paris Wife and had a lengthy discussion about Ernest Hemingway. This book is about when he is married to Pauline (wife #2) in Key West during the 1930's and their housekeeper.

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