Code White

Code White


Code White by Debra Anderson

2005, paperback

Alex wakes up in a psychiatric ward covered in mud, with no memory of how she got there. Detailing her life after a sudden manic episode, Alex reports the often hilariously bizarre details of her days while trapped on the inside. Stubbornly insisting on control, Alex scopes her ward-mates, skirmishes with the staff for information on her treatment, and stays true to her high-femme identity. Alex is a witty, neurotic narrator, negotiating dyke drama on both sides of the locked doors, and seducing characters and readers with the machinations of her lively, complex mind. 

Code White is an innovative story of psychiatric confinement, rippling with sardonic humour, sexual tension, and rebellious honesty, in a setting that often lacks all three.