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STRANGE TRIBE A Family Memoir JOHN HEMINGWAY

Strange Tribe is a fascinating memoir revealing the peculiar family dynamics between Ernest Hemingway and his youngest son, Gregory. Gregory, the author’s father, tried to live up to Ernest’s macho reputation throughout his life. But as a cross-dresser and (eventually) a trans- sexual, Gregory was obsessed with androgyny and his “female half,” and he struggled with per- sonal demons up until his death in the Women’s Correctional Facility of the Miami-Dade County Jail in 2001. In this wonderfully crafted narrative, John reveals how Ernest and Gregory (who both suffered from bipolar illness and were both fascinated by androgyny) were “two sides of the same coin.” Featuring previously unpublished correspondence between Ernest and Gregory, Strange Tribe is the story of these men and their surprising similarities.

This is also John’s story—about what it was like growing up in Miami and Montana with his father and his schizophrenic mother, and of how it took him years to deal with the pain their ill- nesses caused him. He also shows how the persona of Ernest Hemingway, the most important literary icon of the past 100 years, continues to loom darkly over the often-troubled lives of his descendants.

John Hemingway is a writer and translator who lives with his wife, Ornella, and their two chil- dren, Michael and Jacqueline, just outside of Milan in Italy.

  • Includes never-before-published Ernest Hemingway letters

  • Reveals the fascinating dynamics between Ernest Hemingway and his youngest

son, Gregory

  • A compelling book for anyone interested in gender, androgyny, and sexuality

  • The Hemingway name resonates strongly within American culture

  • Illuminates the life and work of the most important literary icon of the past 100 years

  • Includes 8-page b|w photo insert

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