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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 ...

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Overview

“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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"You'll love this robust, tender story of love, grief, and survival on Key West in the 1930s...Addictive."—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

"Robuck's breathtaking alchemy is to put us inside the world of Hemingway and his wife Pauline." —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"Richly realized...Readers will delight in the complex relationships and vivid setting."—Publishers Weekly

"I fell in love with Robuck's Hemingway and with the fiery Mariella Bennet, but what I loved most was the novel's message: that we can inspire each other to be better human beings." —Ann Napolitano, author of A Good Hard Look

"Evokes a setting of the greatest fascination...This is assured and richly enjoyable storytelling." —Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife

"Brings to vivid life the captivating and volatile world of a literary legend." —Kristina McMorris, author of Letters From Home and Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

"An inspiring story of heartache and renewal. Readers will be sure to enjoy this ode to a literary icon." —Sarah McCoy, bestselling author of The Baker's Daughter

"Colorful, atmospheric, and a pleasure to plunge into." —Joseph Wallace, author of Diamond Ruby

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451467515
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 770,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Erika Robuck

Erika Robuck is a contributor to popular fiction blog, Writer Unboxed, and maintains her own blog called Muse. She is a member of The Hemingway Society and The Historical Novel Society. She is also the author of Call Me Zelda.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    What happens When You meet a Literary Legend? Captivating, mesme

    What happens When You meet a Literary Legend?
    Captivating, mesmerizing, enchanting… These are only a few words that describe Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck, a historical fiction novel.
    Synopsis:
    The heart of the story takes place during the depression in Key West, Florida. The year is 1935 and many people and families are struggling to survive. Mariella Benton and her family are no exception to the struggle. She is a 19 year old half Cuban, half American young woman, growing up in Key West, Florida. Hal Benton, her father has recently died. Hal had earned a living as a fisherman and at the time of his death, there was very little savings for the family. Eva Benton (her mother) has a strained relationship with Mariella. Eva's grief over Hal's death leaves her in a state close to catatonia. Mariella now finds herself the sole supporter and caregiver of her mother and sisters. A visit to the docks looking for work results in a chance meeting with Ernest Hemingway. Mariella's life is forever changed by this meeting with Hemingway with a special offer. Will she get the job? What could she learn from the Hemingway? How can Mariella pursue her dream and take care of her family when all of her wages are needed to maintain their current needs?
    My Thoughts
    However, the fictional story is so expertly interwoven with real events, real places, and real people; I had to keep reminding myself that book is a work of fiction. The places were described so vividly that I could feel the sea breezes as I was reading. The story has such an energy it almost leaps off the pages. Hemingway’s Girl is a story that will stay with me. By Celeste Thomas

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