Code Green

978-0-9755716-1-3
0-9755716-1-3
 
$15 (paper)
227 pages

"I was having lunch with Dexter DeWitt. This in itself was a questionable activity on my part." So begins Code Green, a novel by Greg Jenkins, whose anti-hero Chip Stone engages in quite a few questionable activities.

Stone is a male nurse who works in a psychiatric hospital and has almost as many behavioral issues as the residents he cares for. These include DeWitt, a cultural critic gone bonkers; Tim Valentine, who snacks on light bulbs; Philip Nolan, who contends (correctly) that he's a character in a book; and Glinda Moon, an anorexic witch.

As the violence at his workplace intensifies, the confused Stone sets out on a desperate but comical odyssey to find his estranged wife - and himself. His wanderings take him through a twisted netherworld where he meets old friends, new enemies and one highly unusual sister-in-law. He discovers that the line between the sane and the not-so-sane is more gossamer than even he had suspected.

With over-the-top characters and gaudy, entertaining prose, this engaging work offers a bumptious blend of humor and pathos well-suited to the uncertainties of the new millennium.

Greg Jenkins is also the author of Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation and Night Game: Stories. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and several of his plays have been produced. Currently living in Maryland, he is Professor of English at Garrett College.

Reviews
It's got a little violence, a little kinky sex, a fairly weird point of view, some funky songs, and a bunch of laughs. This book covers a lot of territory, freaky territory at that, and it moves pretty fast.
-- W Miller
 
This is a very funny book, laugh-out-loud funny in places. The characters area all so eccentric, and yet they're quite believable too. . . . Aside from "Catch-22" and "A Confederacy of Dunces," I can't think of any novels that can hang with "Code Green" for pure (and peculiar) humor. . . . All in all, a very unusual and riveting piece of writing.
-- JM