cover image The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story

The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story

Patti Callahan Henry, Vanguard, $15.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-59315-616-9

A musician discovers the dangers of overnight fame in Henry's hackneyed holiday throwaway. Jimmy Sullivan lives on the road with his brother and his band, intent on getting away from unpleasant memories of his childhood. But when his brother, Jack, falls in love with childhood sweetheart Kara and returns home to be with her, Jimmy unexpectedly falls in love with her best friend, Charlotte, and writes her a love song that catapults him toward unexpected fame—but without Charlotte or his band along for the ride, Jimmy must decide what's most important to him. This wallows in the pitfalls of intrusive narration, simplistic storytelling, and overly moralistic asides, and is stocked with characters with all the staying power of a snowflake in July. (Oct.)