Kennedy does for Copenhagen what Joyce did for Dublin.

—David Applefield, Publisher / Editor of Frank: An International Journal
of Contemporary Writing & Art
, published in Paris
(quote appears in Frank)

The Copenhagen Quartet

This series comprises four independent novels about the souls and seasons, the light and jazz and serving houses of the Danish capital. Each volume can be read independently or all four can be read together, consecutively, or in any order the reader might wish — although the first of the four, Kerrigan in Copenhagen: A Love Story (2002), contains a wealth of information about the city that establishes a background of the Danish history and culture.

Set in spring, Kerrigan in Copenhagen is a novel disguised as a guide to Copenhagen’s serving houses, and each chapter takes place in one of some 58 different bars; though a handful of them are in Dublin when the eponymous Kerrigan, on the lam from his homicidal mother and his growing love for his Danish mistress, temporarily flees Denmark for the Irish capital, founded a millennium before by Vikings on Dubh Lin (the dark lake). Because this is the novel of spring, it is a love story, beginning with a perfect pint of beer and a beautiful woman and concluding with a waltz on the crazy tipping surface of the world.

This is the novel that the editor of Frank magazine in Paris said “…places Copenhagen on a level with Joyce’s Dublin.”

And under a section titled, “Books: Literature post-World War II,” The Rough Guide to Denmark states:

The Danish capital co-stars in this witty, erudite, Joycean-style tale of an American writer attempting to come to terms with his past through the help of Copenhagen’s many bars. Each chapter is devoted to a different watering hole, with the loveable if frustrating hero encountering a host of characters and musing on topics like city life, beer, books, jazz, sex, cigars and architecture, among other things.

(Note from Kennedy: I was glad to learn that my novel is mentioned so favorably in The Rough Guide to Denmark, and I’m grateful to the authors — Lone Mouritsen, Roger Norum, and Caroline Osbourne — for choosing to include it. The guide mistakenly shows that Kerrigan’s Copenhagen is out of print. However, readers should know that although the original publisher [Wynkin de Worde in Ireland] is now out of business, a new edition of the novel, Kerrigan in Copenhagen, was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2013, both in the UK and the USA.)

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