Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hemingway's Girl - Book Review

In Erika Robuck's novel Hemingway's Girl, Mariella, a young woman supporting her family after the death of her father, is hired as a maid by Ernest Hemingway. There is immediate tension as Mariella fights against the intense feelings she experiences whenever Hemingway is near. These feelings threaten to destroy a newly formed relationship with Gavin, a vet who treats Mariella and her family with tenderness.

The setting of Key West during the Great Depression where Hemingway lived with his second wife Pauline and their two boys is brought to life in Erika Robuck's novel. Robuck effectively brings a near mythological character to life with all his bluster and immense personality, detailing the parties, the tension with his jealous wife, and his desire to always be the center of attention.

The fictional characters of Mariella and Gavin are likable and easy to root for. Their romance is innocent yet passionate. Fortunately, Mariella is a smart girl who ultimately makes wise choices for her own personal life. Observing the tempests in the Hemingway home may have inspired the healing of her own relationships.

The story moved a little slow in the beginning but an ending filled with a hurricane scene somewhat reminiscent of Hurston's hurricane in Their Eyes Were Watching God redeemed the book. Writing with intensity and passion, Robuck brings the horror of the hurricane that killed hundreds of people to life. Overall, I was pleased with the ending and made reading the book worth it.

**I received a complimentary copy of Hemingway's Girl in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. **

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