16 Year Old – Keeps Promise to Papa Hemingway

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) October 17, 2016

A new book is thank you to Ernest Hemingway. It is Jerry’s own book that keeps his promise fifty-nine years later.
It was 1957, Jerry was 16. He had grown up in the shadows of WWII. As a younger lad he would ride with his dad, a bakery icon all over central New York, as he called on grocers, ball parks and military bases, stopping at fishing holes along the way. The family of ten lived on an eighty four acre estate in Cazenovia. His father had purchased a park from the county during the Depression and converted the pavilion into a home – seventy five yards in front of a seventy foot tall thundering waterfall. Life was simple– and as every young boy would hope for, to Jerry his dad was a truly bigger than life hero.

It was after a bout with Tuberculosis leading to the sale of his dad’s bakery holdings and a bad investment that it all came apart and debts piled up. As a result, Jerry- during his senior year in high school- his mother, father, and two brothers moved from their New York ‘estate’ into a one room apartment with six cots in downtown Milwaukee, where his dad had found a job at the age of fifty-six.

Young Jerry knelt down for his bedtime prayers, leaned on his cot, and asked God to help his dad get out of trouble. He loved his father and prayed each night for him. Hearing the prayers, his mother handed the lad a copy of The Old Man and the Sea. Jerry read it once. He read it a second time, and he began to see his own father as the old man and his struggles with the giant Marlin. The book so convinced Jerry that his dad could survive the struggle that he promised himself he would someday thank Ernest Hemingway for giving him hope in showing him the possibility the old man could not only survive but win the great struggle.


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, 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.

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