Salami and the White Horse Being an ALIVE Magazine book reviewer as well as a television talkshow host, I’m in the enviable position of getting to read great works, both fiction and non-fiction, and then getting to interview their authors, face to face. When I interview someone I really like, I automatically love their book, but in the case of Vietnam War Veteran Kenneth Levin, whose third book, Salami and the White Horse, has just been released, I’m fairly certain I would have loved it anyway. Levin is the author of the novel, Crazy Razor, and a short story collection, The Many Deaths of Comrade Binh, both fictional yet based on actual events that occurred during the Vietnam War. Salami and the White Horse is his first non-fiction work, based on an army doctor’s Vietnam diary, discovered nearly five decades after the last entry. Levin is the doctor’s brother, who read the diary and reluctantly started a journey which has taken him from the late 1930s to today, from Chicago’s West Side to Vietnam, from birth to death, from tears A L I V E E A S T B 20 A Y f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 6 BOOK REVIEW BY ROBIN FAHR to laughter, with plenty of painful and warm memories along the way. Salami and the White Horse describes this journey where interpersonal relationships, family, sibling rivalry, narcissistic brilliance, love, and humor are presented in a bittersweet, unvarnished, and gritty narrative—a roller coaster ride of tears and laughter. Levin just returned from his National Book Launch in Miramar, where his wry style and quick wit appealed to audiences of all ages, with special emphasis on veterans and their families. We recently caught up in-studio and again in-livingroom: ALIVE Magazine: After a novel and a collection of short stories of war and Vietnam, your third book, Salami and the White Horse, recently premiered in Florida, ground zero for Veterans, it seems. The launch was a huge success, perhaps because Salami is as much about family and history as war and Vietnam. Is this a shift in your writing?
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