Love hurts, love scars. Nazareth may have said it best, but The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter definitely gets points for trying. Love is everywhere in this novel, but it's never very romantic. It's mostly just messy. Whether it's the love between friends, the love of family, or the love for abstract ideas, the L-word gets our characters into all kinds of trouble, leaving these folks changed forever.
For Copeland, love is all about control. He shows his love by telling you what and how to think.
Mick shows true love in the novel because she is able to completely and consistently love George, even when he changes.