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The Broken Places

Author(s): Russell Franklin

Location(s): Cuba (Republic of), United States (USA)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th Century



In 1931, Gregory Hemingway’s life begins in Kansas City, Missouri. The third and favourite son of an overbearing father, Greg is a paragon: a star athlete, a crack shot, bright and handsome and built like a pocket battleship.

In 2001, Gloria Hemingway’s life ends in a Miami women’s correctional institution. Enduring heartache, disapproval and countless electroshock treatments, their existence has been a miracle.

Inspired by true events and spanning seventy years of the last century, this is the story of a single, extraordinary life. Transporting the reader back and forth in time, from Cuba to New York and Montana to Florida, it explores what it means to grow up in the shadow of a man famous for his masculinity, to bear the weight of expectation and a tragic family legacy, and to finally step out into the light.

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