Novel Centering On Ernest Hemingway’s Fictional Daughter Receives Praise Among Critics
In Hemingway’s Daughter, a novel by Christine M. Whitehead, Finn Hemingway knows for a fact that she’s been born at the wrong time into the wrong family with the wrong talents, making her three dreams for the future almost impossible to attain. She burns to be a trial lawyer in an era when Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being told to type and when a man who is 500th in his law school class is hired over a woman who is first in hers.
She yearns to find true love when the Hemingway family curse dictates that love always ends and, usually, ends badly. She longs to have an impact on the only thing that matters to her father, Ernest: his writing. To accomplish that would require a miracle.
But wait…Ernest Hemingway didn’t actually have a daughter in real-life. Finn Hemingway is a fictional character created by the author of Hemingway’s Daughter, but Readers’ Favorite states that the “characters felt so real that it’s hard to believe they are fictional.”
Midwest Book Review raved: “Christine Whitehead does an excellent job of winding the realities of writer Hemingway’s fiery personality with the fictional presence of a daughter who must make her own way in life under the umbrella of her father’s fame.
Thought-provoking and steeped in Hemingway’s personality and a fictional daughter’s challenges, Hemingway’s Daughter is especially recommended for fans of the literary figure who are interested in exploring the glue of what held Hemingway’s family together, and the possibilities of a different approach had a daughter been involved.”
City Book Review provided a positive review as well: “This is an amazing, beautifully written book. Although it is a work of historical fiction, the events and timelines are indicated as accurate. Due to the author’s dedicated research efforts and talent as a storyteller, it’s nearly impossible to tease out the actual from the fantasy.
The intricate role Finn plays in her father’s life will leave fans wishing she was real, that she could have really had a place in this fascinating man’s orbit.”
“Hemingway’s Daughter is well-written fiction that could easily have passed as non-fiction had I not known Hemingway did not have a daughter,” said reviewer Kristi Elizabeth. “I read this book in one day because the pages kept turning themselves. It made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me cheer. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a story written like a piece of art instead of just words on a page.”
Hemingway’s Daughter is represented by MindStir Media. The 426-page historical novel is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers where books are sold.
Author Christine M. Whitehead resides in New England and practices divorce law. Her other literary works are The Rage of Plum Blossoms (selected by Kindle Press), a mystery that is fun and memorable, and Tell Me When It Hurts, a story about second chances and healing and labeled “like a fine wine” by Kirkus Reviews.
More information about Whitehead’s books and career can be found at her official website at www.christinewhitehead.com.