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From the Publisher"Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir is a courageous book by a deft prose stylist whose name happens to be Hemingway. This biography-autobiography is an unabashed, penetrating chronicle of a dysfunctional father and mother and a grandfather, Ernest, who remains one of the most popular writers in the world.
He is an exploratory, interrogative writer, and his metaphors let us share his family and their travails. Whether by nature or nurture, the style is minimalist, not unlike Ernest's.
This memoir is one of creation, struggle and rebirth. John has suffered greatly, yet he has gained knowledge from his suffering. From that pain emerges a better understanding of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior. Thus, possibly, a new generation of Hemingways."—St. Petersberg Times
"The younger Hemingway shows a talent for holding readers' interest."—Library Journal
"Sure to excite fans."—Publishers Weekly
"Strange Tribe is certainly a book that lives up to its title....Strange Tribe is remarkable for the author's detachment, and his even-handed telling of lives that are nothing less than bizarre."—Bay Area Reporter
"Memoirs are popular these days. Almost everyone thinks his/her life warrants a 300-page tale. Perhaps even 15 years ago, only memoirs of famous people or people in highly unusual circumstances were published. But, today, everyone’s tale, if told compellingly, is fair game. John Hemingway is a good writer and his tale is heroic, amazing, but what will probably hold most readers’ interest are the truly bizarre, dysfunctional family dynamics of the Hemingway 'tribe.' John clearly is a survivor married with two children, living in Italy. He put some distance between himself and the relatives, probably what saved him in the end....
In his fascinating memoir, John Hemingway often refers to his father and his grandfather as 'two sides of the same coin.' For the Ernest Hemingway reader, especially one studying his work after a hiatus and re-appreciating the man’s genius, this book is sure to shock, fascinate, and engage."—curledup.com
"In Strange Tribe, John Hemingway tells the harrowing, poignant, and powerful story of growing up the grandson of the famous Papa Hemingway and the son of Gregory, Ernest's most troubled and sexually conflicted offspring."
—Scott Donaldson, Hemingway vs.Fitzgerald and The Cambride Companion to Ernest Hemingway
John Hemingway has finally set the record straight on one of the Hemingway family's darkest secrets — the relationship between his grandfather, Ernest Hemingway and his his father, Dr. Gregroy Hemingway. This is an honest look at one of Americas most complex authors and his love and hate relationship with his youngest son. Hemingway readers and biographers have always wondered what "the inner darkeness" was that Papa and his son, Greg, shared? This amazing story reviels details and facts never before told — and in telling it, John Hemingway has become the Hemingway family's last True Gen.— Hilary Hemingway, Hunting with Hemingway and Hemingway In Cuba
"John Hemingway’s incisive and moving portrayal of the complex issues of his father, Gregory’s, transgenderism, and the extent to which his grandfather, Ernest Hemingway suppressed similar impulses, casts the Nobel Prize-winning author’s work in a startling new light. The Hemingway legacy will never be the same after reading this beautifully written and exceptionally generous family study."
"This remarkable memoir deserves a place on the bookshelf of any serious reader and is one of the best books on the Hemingway family that I have read. With the understanding that only the grandson of Ernest Hemingway and the son of Gregory Hemingway could possess, the author provides a sensitive portrait, an inside view of the relationship between grandfather, father and son that no biography on this family can duplicate."
—Carlene Fredericka Brennen, co-author of Hemingway In Cuba and Hemingway’s Cats: An Illustrated Biography
"Sharp, funny, insightful, and utterly absorbing, A Strange Tribe, tells the story of three generations of Hemingways. John Hemingway masterfully weaves memoir with a fascinating portrait of his complicated father and important new insights into his celebrated grandfather. This book forces us to rethink Ernest Hemingway’s relationship with his youngest son—a relationship with profound implications for Hemingway’s writing during the final decade of his life. Shining through the book’s powerful and moving story of a childhood lived in the shadow of mental illness is a love and honest quest for understanding that sustained the author and that drive him to come to terms with his famously troubled family."
—Carl P. Eby, author of Hemingway’s Fetishism: Psychoanalysis and the Mirror of Manhood
"After reading Strange Tribe I think of his son Greg and Guernica, the masterpiece by Picasso, with its claustrophobia and a single light bulb still hanging shedding shadows on the massacre of what a human being became after losing an uncivil war with his father."—playwright Gerald Thomas
"For anyone who admires the work of his grandfather, this is a peek behind the popular legends about him, although it will not prove an easy book to read because of the curse of mental illness that suffuses his family history."—Bookviews