Secrets of the Other Side by Eric Gober

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For anyone in search of a mature young adult read written with depth and unflinching honesty, and which will take you on an emotional journey of love, loss and self-discovery, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
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Neil Ostwinkle is growing up in a Las Vegas trailer court where he realizes early on that he'd rather marry the Professor, not Mary Ann or Ginger. He prefers Aunt Louise's colorful makeup kits to drab green army men, and he swaps clothes with his best bud Rebecca Mooney because her silky dresses feel like magic on his skin. But in school he learns that being different has frightening consequences and keeps his desires secret.

Neil can't understand why his mom, Ellen, shackles him with one bad stepfather after another. She marries and divorces a mooch, a two-timer, and a pyromaniac. When he hits puberty, he learns you can't always keep your heart from going wild. Or stop your heart from breaking. His first relationships are traumatic, but when Neil meets Clark Martin at a Halloween party, he grabs hold of him tight. Finally, he's convinced love is here to stay, only to discover that AIDS may steal Clark away from him. With help from friends and from Aunt Louise, Neil fights a bitter battle on Clark's behalf. Neil summons help from unusual friends like Jacaranda "Jackie" Stump, a king-sized drag queen with dreams of being a Hollywood wardrobe artist who becomes a friend for life.

Will Neil find and keep love? He comes of age in the Eighties and Nineties, a tumultuous time for a young gay man. Will he be able to make a life of his own when he's battling societal prejudice, family strife, loss, and marriage inequality?
 

About Eric Gober

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Las Vegas has forever stamped Eric. As a child, the glittering city made him believe the world was a fabulous place. After all, a wizard's castle, a Roman palace, an Egyptian pyramid, and a circus big top sprouted in the desert beyond his back yard. In Secrets of the Other Side, Eric immerses Neil Ostwinkle and his family and friends in that shimmering wacky world. Eric has loved writing ever since he penned his first short stories in high school. He earned an MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University, and his fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals. Today, Eric makes his home in Los Angeles, where he has worked in marketing for the entertainment industry and has written scripts for television and feature films. He is an active member of the Los Angeles Frontrunners and enjoys running half marathons with friends. Eric is a strong advocate for nationwide marriage equality. He is currently at work on a new novel set amidst California's marriage equality battles Email: eric@ericgober.com Web site: ericgober.com
 
Published March 7, 2013 by Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC. 252 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass on May 16 2013

Despite all his ups and downs, Neil is the kind of character you want in your life. I didn’t want the book to end.

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Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on May 06 2013

For anyone in search of a mature young adult read written with depth and unflinching honesty, and which will take you on an emotional journey of love, loss and self-discovery, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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