by Jerome Mark Antil
Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me tells the unique story of a boy who witnesses the prejudice of the Jim Crow era firsthand and then enlists his friends, family members, and neighbors to help Anna Kristina, one victim of that prejudice. The themes of the novel, including racial prejudice, cultural differences, coming of age, and the effects of war - WWII - will resonate with modern readers, both young and old. The moral of this story-that it is never too late to make a difference in other people's lives-is neatly summarized in the epilogue, yet the novel never feels "preachy." There aren't any unanswered questions in the novel, and the readers will feel satisfied by the ending. A post WWII historical novel.
BEST NOVEL SILVER AWARD UK and Amsterdam Wishing Shelf Book awards.
FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS - 5 STARS
The Jim Crow South is the setting for this compelling coming-of-age story filled with compassion and understanding. 1950s Little Rock is a whole new world to a kid from rural New York. In Jerome Mark Antil's Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me, themes of racial prejudice, crossing cultural divides, and the lasting effects of World War II are crafted into a compelling coming-of-age story filled with compassion and understanding. It is no surprise that Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway feature in this story, as Antil's writing shows influences of Twain's down-home charm and Hemingway's straightforward storytelling. The rural countryside is almost a character in its own right, providing the backdrop for a warm, caring community that pulls together in times of trouble and welcomes those in need with open arms.