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Publisher's Summary

The hoax proposed to John Baird by a two-bit con man in a seedy Key West bar was shady but potentially profitable. With little left to lose, the struggling, middle-aged Hemingway scholar agreed to forge a manuscript and pass it off as Papa's lost masterpiece. But Baird never realized his actions would shatter the history of his own Earth - and others. And now the unsuspecting academic is trapped out of time - propelled through a series of grim parallel worlds and pursued by an interdimensional hitman with a literary license to kill.BONUS AUDIO: Author Joe Haldeman explains how, fittingly, the idea for The Hemingway Hoax wasn't entirely his.
©1990 Joe Haldeman (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews



Hugo Award Winner, Best Novella, 1991
"A dazzling entertainment that builds to an astonishing and moving conclusion." (Peter Straub)
"Haldeman at his best: fast, literate, suspenseful, and mordantly funny." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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3 out of 5 stars
By pinkyboo on 06-06-08

long to develop

The book is a good listen, but it takes a while to develop. An interesting story and a little hard to understand and follow characters at times.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Rivkeleh on 10-02-08

Clever idea; distracted focus

I wish this were the author's initial draft, not the final product. The premise is charming, and the level of detail about Hemingway and his writing is tantalizing, but thin. The unexpected multiple-universe plotline is Douglas Adams-esque, and adds to the novella's potential. But it gets weighed down by a hefty slice of unnecessarily detailed sexuality; the kind that makes you think "that's what a 15-year-old boy probably hopes women are like." If the same level of detail went into the intricacies of the plot twists, alternate universes, and Hemingway lore that went into the sex scenes, and the sex scenes had the same level of detail as the plot, universes, and Heminway have, this would rate a 5.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 10-09-17

Good book, equally good audibook

I think this audio book does the story justice,

It's a good story, which will get you think about reality, if you're that way inclined. The ending is as confusing as the end to 2001.

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