GREEN BANANAS by Michael Drinkard

GREEN BANANAS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Most often loopy and soaked to the grain with every alternative California fad imaginable, Drinkard's first novel features the odd couple of Sylvan Park, earth-science student at the University of California/Santa Cruz, and Phyllis Mentone, the administrator of a trendy preschool that employs Sylvan part-time. Ostensibly lesbian, Phyllis wants a baby of her own and has set her sights on blonde, equable, no-one's-fool Sylvan as the sperm donor of choice. It'll be by artificial insemination, Phyllis' choice--but the course of love is never without turns: in time, Phyllis' female lover departs, and natural shocks--in the form of shark attacks and earthquakes--bring Sylvan into Phyllis' life in a more old-fashioned way than as a syringe-filler. With all the woolly la-la-land quirks--as well as the sentimentality and self-indulgence of semi-satirical post-college "weird" first fiction--but nicely paced and genuinely good-hearted throughout.

ISBN: 394-57401-X
Publisher: Knopf
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