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The Consequences of Being Ernest

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The Consequences of Being Ernest
  • by Tom Hawks
    • Merriam Press Fiction Series
    • First Edition 2015
      • 166 6x9-inch pages
A dark, sad, comedic, fictional account of a man who believes he is the reincarnation of Ernest Hemingway.
     "Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21st, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Hemingway died on July 2nd, 1961, at his home in Ketchum, Idaho, from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head that blew off half of his face and the back of his head.
     "I was born on May 2nd, 1962, in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, exactly ten months to the day after Hemingway's death.
     "My name is Edsel Michael Hunter. Yes, my father, who worked in the automobile industry in Chicago at the time, named me after a failed automobile. I suppose I was doomed from the start, as the very word 'Edsel' became a popular symbol for failure in American society, and I was destined to be its poster child.
     "I have a confession to make. For better or worse, my name is Edsel Michael Hunter, and I am the reincarnation of the great twentieth century American writer, Ernest Hemingway. You may not believe it, but I know it's true. And, no, I am not insane."


As an avid (more accurately, obsessed) reader of all books written in the non-fiction category, I am truly impressed with this author's use of realism in this work of fiction. I wholeheartedly enjoyed Tom Hawks' bold style, alternatively dark and light-hearted, even humorous at times. The story brought forth such a variety of emotion within each chapter that I couldn't wait to get to the next! The reader can well relate that life, and death, never happens as we imagine. I will anxiously look forward to more from this truly gifted author!

The Consequences of Being Ernest is a must-read novella for all Ernest Hemingway fans and even for non-Hemingway fans that just enjoy an adventurous story and tall tale. It's a creative, dark, funny, sad, fictional and philosophical account of how a "real man" should live and how he should die. It's a story of a boy who grows into a man constantly believing he is the reincarnation of the 20th century's greatest and most iconic and famous author, Ernest Hemingway. It's an adventurer's story, a war story, a cop story, a love story, a cowboy story, an American Indian story and a sometimes off-the-wall flat-out romp of a crazy story about a man determined to live his life to the fullest by making his life an adventure, always continuing to plow straight ahead come what may, even if it kills him in the end. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but, most of all, it will make you think and wax philosophically about the meaning of both life and death. It's a fictional, funny, dark, sad and crazy story that takes you on a joyride of "the circle of life." It starts at the end and ends at the beginning and throughout is a deeply interesting philosophical account on the meaning of life and death of a complicated yet simple man.
—Tim Tuttle

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