No One Thinks of Greenland by John Griesemer
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“You’ll want to scratch.” These spoken words open to us the strange and beguiling world of young Rudy Spruance, forced to join the military due to a mysterious past, and sent for some inexplicable reason to a top-secret military hospital in Greenland. There he meets a wide cast of unusual and colorful characters, outcasts and rejects all; begins to fall for the commanding officer’s leggy and strong-willed girlfriend; and slowly uncovers the awful secret behind the portion of the base dubbed “the Wing.”


About John Griesemer

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John Griesemer is also the author of No One Thinks of Greenland, a novel Esquire magazine called “that rarest of first-novel achievements: an across-the-board success.” Griesemer lives with his family in Lyme, New Hampshire.
Published May 3, 2002 by Picador. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A comic-sardonic first novel, set in 1959 at a remote army base in that far northern frozen wasteland, charts the chaotic experiences of Corporal Rudy Spruance, an engaging misfit assigned to produce a camp newspaper sufficiently entertaining to raise the morale of the base’s numerous wounded and...

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It's 1959 at the start of this intelligent first novel, and the Korean War has been over for six years, but the horribly mutilated casualties hidden away in an obscure military hospital on the U.S. Army base at Qangattarsa, Greenland, are still living with its consequences.

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