A fishing boat captain falls on hard times and is forced into the black market to make ends meet by moving contraband between Cuba and Key West, Florida. His illegal activities quickly escalate from smuggling in drugs to smuggling in Chinese immigrants and Cuban revolutionaries.
Hemingway had a warm place in his heart for Key West, where he lived and wrote for more than 10 years.
Yeah, Hemingway and Florida go practically hand in hand (except when he was drinking down Havana way), but we can't help but wonder if there wasn't a better choice of a Florida-based novel. Famous Eatonville resident Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, maybe? Or what about childhood cry-fest The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings? Or, this writer's personal favorite Florida-based book, Rabbit at Rest by The Witches of Eastwick author John Updike?You can work your way coast-to-coast (starting with Florida, of course) with Business Insider's complete list below: