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Love Song Hardcover – October 10, 1976


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (October 10, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670442984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670442980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,061,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first became interested in novelist Adam Kennedy indirectly through reading John Farris' novel King Windom, published by Trident Press in 1967. Kennedy under the John Redgate pen name wrote The Killing Season published by Trident Press the same year. Soon there after, I discovered that Kennedy wrote the screenplay for the movie Raise the Titanic which is based on Clive Cussler's novel by the same name. I decide to read Kennedy's novel Love Song (1976; hardcover by Viking Press) because it is set in my home state of West Virginia.

Love Song is a very short novel, the hardcover being only 208 pages in length. It is extremely readable, but it is a tragedy/emotional downer. The novel is about Kermit Docker, a 24 year old army soldier home on leave from Germany; Jossie Floyd his twenty year old, head-strong childhood girlfriend; Chet, Kermit's best friend who is also in love with Jossie; and flawed law officer/state trooper Jim August. All these people are not terrible people, but because of circumstances: poverty, upbringing, lack of education, etc., they all act in ways that are not best for their long term interests/survival, and fate seems not to cut them any slack.

As to the book's accuracy about the West Virginia (WV) culture, which I am familiar with having lived in WV for 50+ years, it tends (in my opinion) to be true. It paints a bleak picture of WV, that probably has gotten worst because of continued poverty now combined with drug use. The novel's characters, in my opinion, do tend to act in ways that ring true to my experiences with family, friends, and acquantances.
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