Finding Hemingway

Finding Hemingway

My phone rang.
“Callie, it’s me,” came the voice. A voice I’d heard somewhere before, like on an old-fashioned newsreel.
“Who is this? Do I know you?”
“The sun also rises in Spain,” he continued. “I’m waiting for you. You must find me.”
My stomach lurched.
“Hemingway? Mr. Ernest Hemingway?” I asked cautiously.
“Yes, that’s correct.”
“The Pulitzer Prize winner? The Nobel Prize author?”
“Correct again. Well done,” he said.
“The deceased Ernest Hemingway?”
“Death is but a small detail, Callie. Pay it no mind.”

So began the journey of Callie McGraw, a hyper-focused, overachieving New York City lawyer with an ongoing passion for The Sun Also Rises. Being in-between jobs, she began packing her bags for Spain’s sun-kissed streets that same night.

Starting in Barcelona, Callie embarks on a six-month escapade of a lifetime, a whirlwind of Spanish food, wine, art, and dancing, with a revolving cast of new friends and lovers keeping her company in each new locale.

Callie’s next cocktail is never far away, but Hemingway knows her secrets, the demons that plague her deep-down. With each mysterious call and each enigmatic clue, Hemingway challenges her to open herself to laughter, passion, and love. Ultimately, he defies Callie to face her nightmares and embrace life on her own terms.


“A smart and gratifying tale about an American in Spain trying to enjoy life.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“Superb… Dortzbach spins a charming fictional tale in ‘Finding Hemingway’ that is equal parts travelogue and self-discovery memoir, with just enough fantasy to make the story sparkle”

– Readers’ Favorite (5-star review)

“Heartwarming… ‘Finding Hemingway’ is a romantic travel adventure with a magical realism twist”

– Foreword Clarion Reviews

“A young woman follows an elusive, almost mythical icon and finds more than she ever imagined in this passionate, intelligent, international saga… Dortzbach has created a strong female lead and an enchanting ‘coming of actual adulthood’ saga in ‘Finding Hemingway.’”

– Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“Finding Hemingway was named a finalist for Women’s Fiction in the 2020 American Fiction Awards sponsored by American Book Fest. The contest is one of the largest mainstream book award competitions in the United States.”

“Kirkus’ review of Finding Hemingway was selected to be highlighted in its September 2020 print issue — an honor reserved for less than 10% of the hundreds of books reviewed each month.”

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