I love reading novels about Ernest Hemingway. No matter what he did, I think he is an enigmatic man and reading about him is always entertaining and exciting. The first novel I read about him was The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. I remember talking about it with my mother; she is also a huge fan of Hemingway and like reading about him. This novel hooked us, and we wanted to read more novels about Ernest Hemingway. It was fun searching for books about him.
So I wanted to create a list of novels about Ernest Hemingway and share it with you. I’m sure you’ll discover new authors and some may become your favourites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Novels About Ernest Hemingway
The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity. Ernest and Hadley’s marriage begins to founder, and the birth of a beloved son serves only to drive them further apart. Then, at last, Ernest’s ferocious literary endeavours begin to bring him recognition – not least from a woman intent on making him her own…
Love and Ruin – Paula McLain
In 1937, courageous and independent Martha Gellhorn travels to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, and finds herself drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly – and uncontrollably – falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to being a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Hemingway made their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite.
But when Hemingway publishes the biggest literary success of his career, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the suffocating demands of a domestic lifestyle, or risk losing her husband by forging her way as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own.
Mrs. Hemingway – Naomi Wood
In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley s best friend. She is also Ernest s lover.
Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest s literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife…
Hemingway’s Girl – Erika Robuck
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?
The Hemingway Files – H K Bush
The allure of literary letters and rare first editions captures the imaginations of three professors of English literature and leads to tragedy in the wake of the Great Kobe Earthquake of 1995. An English professor receives a mysterious package with several smaller packages within it, including a manuscript, from a recently deceased former student. The manuscript tells the former student’s story- a story he had never revealed to anyone. As a newly-minted Ph.D. from Yale, Jack Springs, ended up in Kobe, Japan circa 1992, where he encountered a mysterious Japanese professor of American literature, named Goto.
The second son of a family of immense wealth and power, Goto was a clandestine collector of literary rarities, manuscripts, and books. Through a series of meetings, Goto provided Jack with a systematic set of revelations about Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and other literary giants, all of which were supported by unknown documents in Goto’s possession.
Hemingway’s Suitcase – Macdonald Harris
An ingenious novel that turns on the alleged discovery of Hemingway’s lost writings–including five “Nick Adams” stories, which are included in the body of the novel. This intriguing journey across the border between truth and fiction is filled with unexpected complications and vivid characters, and is a must for all Hemingway fans.
The Hemingway Thief – Shaun Harris
Novelist Henry “Coop” Cooper is contemplating a new book between sipping rum. And lounging on a Baja beach with hotel owner Grady Doyle. When Grady tries to save a drunk from two thugs, Coop tags along for the sake of a good story. The drunk is Ebbie Milch, a small-time thief on the run in Mexico because he has stolen the never-before-seen first draft of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast from a wealthy rare book dealer. The stolen manuscript is so more than just a rare piece of literary history.
It reveals clues to an even bigger prize. The location of a suitcase the young, unpublished Hemingway lost in Paris in 1922. A year’s worth of his stories had vanished, never to be seen again. Until now. But Coop and Grady aren’t the only ones with their eyes on this elusive literary prize. And what starts as a hunt for a legendary writer’s lost works becomes a deadly adventure. For Coop this story could become the book of a lifetime… if he lives long enough to write it.
Hemingway’s Island – Eleanor Johnston
It was Cuba in the early 1960’s as the USA. And so USSR brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Renowned author Ernest Hemingway was under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There he was, America’s most famous writer, living in the heart of the revolution in Communist Cuba. There he was, author of For Whom the Bells Tolls, the novel Fidel Castro claimed to have used.
As a model for his guerilla insurgency. Hemingway’s Island is a rich adventure that exposes readers to two distinct narrators of Hemingway’s last. Wild days in Cuba: Mary, Hemingway’s fourth wife, describing his last week in their Cuban home. The Finca Vigía, and Alf O’Malley, a Canadian graduate student in 2010 Havana with his pregnant girlfriend. Alf is a hyperactive, awkward hero who falls into dangerous misadventures. As he searches for Mary’s long-lost manuscript, written for Life Magazine but never published.
The Hemingway Hoax – Joe Haldeman
The Hemingway Hoax is a Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella that weaves an intricate plot of a fake Hemingway manuscript. With time travel, multiple universes, and the potential destruction of the omniverse itself. Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, lost a bag containing the manuscript of his first novel on a Parisian train. In 1996, John Baird, a renowned Hemingway scholar. Decides to use that loss to account for a fake manuscript he creates.
Little does Baird suspect that his attempt to pass off the forgery as a recovered. Hemingway manuscript will take him on a journey involving parallel universes and time travel. For Hemingway’s reputation is intricately linked to the fate of multiple worlds. In the omniverse and any attempt to change that can have disastrous consequences.
Villa America – Liza Klaussmann
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Cole and Linda Porter, Ernest Hemingway. John Dos Passos – all are summer guests of Gerald and Sara Murphy. Visionary, misunderstood, and so from vastly different backgrounds. The Murphys met and married so young, and set forth to create a beautiful world. They alight on Villa America: their coastal oasis of so artistic genius, debauched parties, impeccable style and flamboyant imagination. But before long, a stranger enters into their relationship, and their marriage must accommodate an intensity that neither had forseen. When tragedy strikes, their friends reach out to them, but the golden bowl is shattered. And neither Gerald nor Sara will ever be the same.
Ravishing, heart-breaking, and written with enviable poise, Villa America delivers on all the promise of Liza Klaussmann’s bestselling debut. Tigers in Red Weather. It is so an overwhelming, unforgettable novel.
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