Hemingway and Labor Day Hurricanes

It seems everyone is talking about hurricanes these days, especially as Hurricane Isaac slammed into the same Katrina-weary coastline from Labor Day of 2005. Doesn’t it seem like Hurricanes love Labor Day weekend?

On Labor Day weekend in 1935, the famous Labor Day Hurricane swept over the Florida Keys and almost wiped the islands off the map. That 1935 Hurricane was the first of three devastating Category 5 hurricanes to reach a US coast in the 20th Century. And, amazingly, Ernest Hemingway was one of the survivors of the 1935 Hurricane, in the Florida Keyes.

Great New Books September 2012 pick: Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck

Great New Books September 2012 pick: Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck

In Hemingway’s Girl, author Erika Robuck takes readers back to 1935 along the Florida Keys where Ernest Hemingway lived with his second wife, Pauline, and their sons. The story begins the moment Hemingway meets Robuck’s fictional character Mariella at a dockside boxing match. The pull and tug of the relationships in the novel take place in the alluring Florida Keys, along the ocean and below the sway of palm trees.

Hemingway’s Girl is a moving story about 1930s life in the Florida Keys, the separations and ties between societal classes, the bravado and charm of iconic writer Ernest Hemingway, and the ways friends and friendships either can destroy us or help us to become better than we could be on our own. It is a beautiful story — one we can’t wait for you to read with us!

The Giveaway!

Everyone knows Hemingway (right?) … we want to know which is your favorite Hemingway book or current link to his persona.

Several of Ernest Hemingway’s titles include: The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, A Moveable Feast, and A Farewell to Arms. All wonderful classics.

Many current links to Hemingway include: Hemingway and Gellhorn (a 2012 HBO movie), Woody Allen’s take on Hemingway in Midnight in Paris, and Paula McLain’s 2011 novel on Hemingway and his first wife Hadley The Paris Wife. (We’re sure there are many more, too!)

To Win: Leave a comment here with your favorite Hemingway book or movie by Friday, September 7th at midnight Eastern USA time and we’ll draw one name from the commenters at random to win an e-book copy of Erika Robuck’s Hemingway’s Girl!

Check back here or to our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/GreatNewBooks) for the announcement of the winner. We’ll post the winner by Saturday, September 8 at noon Eastern USA time. And then it’s time to get reading Hemingway’s Girl!

Next week’s Discussion Question:

To get you thinking as you read Hemingway’s Girl, this question will be up for discussion in next week’s blog (from For Book Clubs on www.ErikaRobuck.com):

4. Mariella accuses Hemingway of “collecting” people by using them in his stories. She argues that he is taking away their dignity and demands that he never use her as a character. Do you agree with her?

We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Other News:

We’re announcing and voting on our book picks for Great New Books. Please join us on our Voting page to help us choose 3 of our upcoming books! We’ll close the voting at midnight on Wednesday, September 12th. Thanks!

Extra links for Hemingway’s Girl:

Erika Robuck’s Facebook page

Erika Robuck’s website

Erika’s upcoming book signings (a WONDERFUL way to get to meet the author!): in Naples, FL; Oak Park, IL; Maryland; Virginia; Concord, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, MN; and Chapel Hill, NC

Okay, leave your comment below for a chance to win an e-copy of Hemingway’s Girl, and don’t forget to Vote … We’ll see you next week as we’re all immersed in Hemingway’s Girl on the Florida Keys (DREAMY!). Happy Reading!

The winner of an e-book copy of Hemingway's Girl: Kate

The winner of an e-book copy of Hemingway’s Girl: Kate
via Random Name Picker

Edited update, Saturday, September 8: The Winner of Hemingway’s Girl is Kate! Please contact us at GreatNewBooks at greatnewbooks1 (at) gmail (dot) com so we can send you your shiny new e-copy of Hemingway’s Girl. Thank you all for entering!