Advance praise for Hemingway’s Widow:
“Illuminating. I cannot imagine any biographer navigating these waters better than Timothy Christian has done in these pages. And I hope every student of Hemingway will pay close attention and adjust accordingly their views of Carlos Baker's biography of Hemingway. Again, I say this book is a stunning achievement. It is the custom to say that this volume belongs on the bookshelf of every scholar and student and fan of Hemingway. And it does. This includes Hemingway aficionados, who will appreciate Timothy Christian's superb skills in biography. This is the Hemingway book we've all been waiting for so long.”
– H. R. Stoneback, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The State University of New York; President (past): The Ernest Hemingway Foundation & Society
"This compelling book transported me back to Hemingway’s world, except this time his fourth and last wife Mary was guiding the way. Hemingway aficionados will enjoy the journey. Hemingway scholars will appreciate the detail, including some new revelations, and the fresh analysis of her life and legacy. Bottom line: an important book that fills a long-standing gap and is a pleasure to read."
– Nick Reynolds, author of the New York Times bestseller 'Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961'
"Timothy Christian has spent years researching Mary's life across continents and every archive, including troves of information that no one else has tapped. To this task, he brought a sympathetic attachment to the woman behind the Hemingway myth. He has turned up truly fresh and significant information about Mary herself and her life before Ernest, about the courtship and sexual predilections of the couple, and about Ernest's suicide. While to some extent this story will compromise the myth of the great macho man that was important to Hemingway—a myth that Mary helped craft and maintain—it will ultimately provide a fuller understanding of an American icon and the lives he touched. Refreshingly, Christian does not view Mary as a victim, despite Ernest's callous and violent treatment of the talented journalist who spent her prime years with the aging and difficult master. Christian gives us Mary, a tiny and fearless dynamo, a woman of skill and heart, calculation and vulnerability, who knew exactly what she was getting into when she married Ernest—and played her hands as best as she could, even as her choices narrowed.”
– Carol Sklenicka, author of 'Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life' and 'Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer'
“Sixty years after Hemingway's death, Christian sets the record straight regarding Mary Hemingway's complex relationship with Hemingway and his art during and after his final years. Often stereotyped as accepting a sometimes abusive relationship, Mary comes powerfully to life in this intricately nuanced and mesmerizing biographical tour de force. Honest, unafraid and compelling, Christian finally gives us the true gen.”
– Linda Patterson Miller, Author of 'Letters from the Lost Generation' and Head of the Editorial Board, The Hemingway Letters Project
"Living with Hemingway could be downright treacherous, as the journalist Mary Welsh would learn even before becoming the great writer’s fourth and last wife. In this fast-paced, drama-packed, and full-bodied biography, Timothy Christian has given us the absolute true gem of a woman who sacrificed her own identity while navigating a partnership forged by careless love and deep darkness. Drawn from Mary Hemingway’s journals and other previously untapped sources, Hemingway’s Widow adds valuable new dimensions and insights to a story we thought we already knew.”
– Steve Paul, author of Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend"
"Bravo to Tim Christian for creating a portrait of my friend Mary Hemingway that at last shows her for the complex person she was—so much more than an appendage of 'the great man.’ The author’s astonishingly deep research into the vast archive of letters, journals, memoirs, interviews allows him to put the fascinated reader into Mary’s thoughts and feelings as she navigated the sometimes glamourous and often treacherous shoals of life with Ernest. This is a story that needed to be told and we are fortunate that Tim Christian has told it so frankly, so sympathetically, and so compellingly.”
– Susan Buckley, author of Eating with Peter