Books: Notable: Dec. 7, 1981

POPPA JOHN by Larry Woiwode Farrar Straus Giroux; 204 pages; $10.95

The hero of Author Larry Woiwode's third novel is Ned O'Rourke, an aging actor who has spent twelve years playing a lovable, Bible-quoting old coot named Poppa John on a TV soap opera. For reasons not entirely clear, the producers have killed off Poppa John, the show's most popular character. It is now the Christmas season, and Ned, despite all those years of six-figure salaries, is suddenly worried about how to scratch together $200 for the January rent on his Manhattan...

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