Hemingway’s Cuban Son: Reflections on the Writer by His Longtime Majordomo
Memoir by Hemingway’s personal assistant and longstanding house manager of the Finca Vigía. Chosen personally by Hemingway for this important position at age seventeen, René Villarreal ran the household for fourteen years, establishing a warm and affectionate relationship with the author. Recounts stories of Hemingway’s daily routines, writing habits, stormy relationship with Mary, and visits from family and friends, including sons Patrick and Gregory. Reveals his intimate relationship with Adriana Ivancich, the beautiful Italian teenager who served as the inspiration for Renata of Across the River and into the Trees. Includes accounts of Mary’s return to Cuba in 1961, following Hemingway’s suicide, to pack up personal possessions and artwork and Villarreal’s later efforts to establish the Finca as a museum.