Summer of Love and Evil By Michael Kinnamon Review
Michael Kinnamon’s novel Summer of Love and Evil is set in small-town Iowa in 1967. Charles Weaver, the valedictorian of his high school class, is working for the summer on his local street crew before attending college. Even though they have little in common, he works with several memorable personalities that he develops to like and admire. The local sheriff is a thorn in the side, giving some members of the street crew a hard time when it isn’t necessary. Meanwhile, Charles falls in love with a woman two years his senior, despite the fact that they come from different social circles. Charles, who is assigned to the cleanup crew after a historic church structure burns down, finds a startling discovery. There’s a bizarre moment in which Charles and his girlfriend are ready to have their first sexual encounter together when the sheriff appears.
From beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There are numerous plot twists and turns, as well as realistic relationships between Charles, his family, the street crew, and his girlfriend. The author also depicts the sexual tension between Charles, who is inexperienced, and his girlfriend, who has a reputation. Michael Kinnamon’s first novel, Summer of Love and Evil, is definitely a skilled writer. I suggest his work to anyone, especially those who want to be transported back to their own late adolescent struggles and tribulations. One warning: despite the fact that Charles, his girlfriend, and the majority of the other characters are devout Christians, there is a surprising lot of drinking and coarse language, as well as sexual references.