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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Love Letters to a Ghost Named C is a short story in verse written by Adam Levon Brown. It would have been a day like any other school day for him. He was late, having ignored his alarm, and, after lunch and a smoke, he proceeded to gym class. Surprisingly, he was good at running and so he ran his circuit around the gym -- but something was different. She was there in class; her smile was electrifying and her presence seemed to give him wings. When the gym instructor called time for stretching, he decided to risk it all and take a second look at her. And she was looking back at him! Summoning up his courage, he asked her name. She told him it was C, and everything was different after that. He had gone from being him to being a part of we, of him and C. They cut school together, smoked endless cigarettes and spent hours in the park. When they were finally expelled for the continued truancy, things got even closer, except when his jealousy would get in the way. She brought out both the good and the not-so-good in him. Then, one day, he asked her to marry him.
Adam Levon Brown’s short story in verse, Love Letters to a Ghost Named C, is poignant and masterfully penned. This tale, which almost seems an unrhymed romantic ballad, follows C and her besotted swain as they come of age together and fall in love. I was enchanted by this story. Brown’s poetry is spare and elegant; his imagery of the two lovers transcending the gritty environment they inhabit elevates them to mythological status. His plot works on a number of levels, and the word pictures he builds seem to shimmer and survive long after the final verses are read. Love Letters to a Ghost Named C is not your ordinary short story, romantic or otherwise. It’s different, and it’s better. Love Letters to a Ghost Named C is most highly recommended.