Pink Cotton Candy is Sometimes Green

by Mark Thomas McDonough



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/10/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781585008483

About the Book

Jonathan Callahan, is an ordinary fellow by outside accounts, but on the inside, he is a complex psychological organism, who barely keeps his head above water. Living the supposed suburban good life, he feels beset by life’s problems. He works for a boss who hates him, yelling at him all the time. At home, the local Homeowners’ Association beseige’s him with threatening requests that he repaint his door back to its original color. His wife wants him to be a man and stand up to it all, and he just wants to be a peacemaker. While dodging the inevitable arrows flung his way, Jonathan’s father suddenly dies, and when his oldest sister convinces him that only he can handle the funeral arrangements in New York City, his life goes from bad to right down the toilet.

Because, of course, Dad was not an ordinary fellow; he was a crazy World War II Vet, who terrorized the entire family when Jonathan was a boy, that is, until Dad got locked up on a psycho ward. Seventeen years have passed since Jonathan has last seen him, and now, even in death, he’s back, and the family is gathering to play out their learned roles. But all Jonathan wants to do is to bury his father, get the hell out of New York City, and return to Northern Virginia to settle his fight with the Nazi-styled Homeowners’ Association. Left to his own devices, he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell, but aided by a humorous spirit guide, attended to by several wild and strange friends, and pushed by his two little girls, Jonathan learns that he doesn’t need to battle the forces of evil all by himself, all he has to do is stand up for himself and his family. Pink Cotton Candy Is Sometimes Green is an experimental novel, weaving psychological insights, humor, and new age beliefs.

About the Author

The author, Mark Thomas McDonough, is a lawyer, who enjoys writing in his spare time. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1951. He attended the City College of New York (CCNY) and Cleveland-Marshall Law School. He has worked at various times as a janitor in an old age home, in a lumbermill in Alaska, as a cashier in a department store and as the assistant business manager for three weekly newspapers in Manhattan.

He twice served in the United States Army. The first time was before college, when he was an enlisted soldier in the United States Army for three years and served a one-year tour in Vietnam, where he was assigned to an aviation unit. After law school, he was commissioned as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp, and tried over one hundred criminal trials in four years.

The author currently resides in Northern Virginia with his family and an overgrown yellow lab named Jolie. When not working for the federal government or following his girls around various soccer, field hockey and lacrosse fields, he enjoys jogging, the martial arts and hiking and camping. Despite a life-long fascination with ESP, the Egyptian Pyramids, reincarnation, Atlantis, and past civilizations, he’s a down to earth person, who blames none of his paranormal interests on being born left-handed.