Finding Hemingway

Finding Hemingway

by Ken Dortzbach


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My phone rang.

“Callie, it’s me,” came the voice. A voice I’d heard somewhere before, like on an old-fashioned newsreel.

“Who is this? Do I know you?”

“The sun also rises in Spain,” he continued. “I’m waiting for you. You must find me.”

My stomach lurched.

“Hemingway? Mr. Ernest Hemingway?” I asked cautiously.

“Yes, that’s correct.”

“The Pulitzer Prize winner? The Nobel Prize author?”

“Correct again. Well done,” he said.

“The deceased Ernest Hemingway?”

“Death is but a small detail, Callie. Pay it no mind.”

So began the journey of Callie McGraw, a hyper-focused, overachieving New York City lawyer with an ongoing passion for The Sun Also Rises. Being in-between jobs, she began packing her bags for Spain’s sun-kissed streets that same night.

Starting in Barcelona, Callie embarks on a six-month escapade of a lifetime, a whirlwind of Spanish food, wine, art, and dancing, with a revolving cast of new friends and lovers keeping her company in each new locale.

Callie’s next cocktail is never far away, but Hemingway knows her secrets, the demons that plague her deep-down. With each mysterious call and each enigmatic clue, Hemingway challenges her to open herself to laughter, passion, and love. Ultimately, he defies Callie to face her nightmares and embrace life on her own terms.

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"Superb ... Dortzbach spins a charming fictional tale in Finding Hemingway that is equal parts travelogue and self-discovery memoir, with just enough fantasy to make the story sparkle."

--Readers' Favorite

"Heartwarming ... Finding Hemingway is a romantic travel adventure with a magical realism twist."

--Foreward Clarion Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

A young lawyer who is between jobs goes to Spain on a journey to find Ernest Hemingway, or at least his ghost, in this debut novel.

Callie McGraw is a hotshot in the legal world in New York, but after a company merger, she finds herself unemployed. Luckily, a friend asks her to be general counsel at his new tech startup. The only problem is the new job is in San Francisco and it doesn’t start for six months. While she mulls it over, her phone rings, and on the line is Hemingway, who died in 1961. Callie is an enormous fan of The Sun Also Rises and is floored when Hemingway tells her to come find him in Spain. Not questioning the supernatural aspect of this wild occurrence, Callie wrestles her way out of her lease, packs her bags, and heads off to Barcelona. Once there, she meets a geeky American graduate student named Trevor. The two become joined at the hip until Hemingway calls again and they travel to Madrid. There, she meets Claudio, a wealthy Spanish playboy with a passion for partying. He and Callie become lovers, but she still hang outs with Trevor daily. As the months pass, Callie and her small entourage are drawn to Pamplona, where the running of the bulls may lead her to the answers she is seeking. Dortzbach’s wine-soaked tale of an American living it up in Europe has a wonderful first-person voice that charges through the narrative in an ego-driven but conscientious way that is quite engaging. Callie is not always perfect, and she has serious trust issues, but her love of Spain and devotion to friends, namely the ever lovable Trevor, make the book an enjoyable read. The Hemingway phone calls add a light touch of mystery to a story peppered with Spanish art, culture, and food.

A smart and gratifying tale about an American in Spain trying to enjoy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733624701
Publisher: Ken Dortzbach
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 1,202,364
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.10(d)

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