Naomi Wood's latest novel, Mrs. Hemingway, is a fictionalized biography covering in turn writer Ernest Hemingway's four wives: Hadley, Fife, Martha and Mary. Each section begins at the point where the woman knows her marriage to the author is over, and then through flashbacks goes on to describe how the relationship began and ultimately ended as a new woman appeared on the scene. Wood seamlessly blends fact and fiction to provide a detailed portrait of the four, and through their eyes readers discover a side of Hemingway that is seldom depicted.
The subject matter covered isn't new; each woman has had at least one biography written about her life and relationship with Hemingway. By fictionalizing the narrative however, Wood provides a different perspective on her heroines, fleshing out the bare bones of fact with richly imagined motivations and emotions. The result is ...
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