Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Freebie: Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck

Congratulations to Linda Sexauer, winner of last week's Friday Freebie, A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins.

This week's book giveaway is Hemingway's Girl, the debut novel by Erika Robuck.  The story follows an 18-year-old Cuban-American girl who goes to work as a maid for Ernest Hemingway in Depression-era Key West.  Here's a little bit about the book in a synopsis from the publisher:
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, a World War I veteran laboring to build the Overseas Highway, 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.
In a trailer for Hemingway's Girl, Robuck said the inspiration for the novel was a photo she came across of a young Cuban girl standing on a dock in Havana staring at Hemingway as he boastfully stood beside a huge fish he'd just landed.  "It made me start thinking about the difference between the rich and the poor and what this girl must have been thinking about him."

If you'd like a chance at winning Hemingway's Girl, all you have to do is email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please.  Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on Dec. 27at which time I'll draw the winning name.  I'll announce the lucky reader on Dec. 28.  If you'd like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week Quivering Pen newsletter, simply add the words "Sign me up for the newsletter" in the body of your email.  Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning?  Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter.  Once you've done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying "I've shared" and I'll put your name in the hat twice.

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