Secrets of the Other Side

Secrets of the Other Side 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

  • Title: Secrets of the Other Side
  • Author: Eric Gober
  • ISBN: 9781619291003
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 hasNeil 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

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    About "Eric Gober"

    1. Eric Gober

      Eric Gober is a fan of quirky characters, family drama, coming of age stories, and the angst of good romance He rolls them into one in his award winning debut novel, Secrets of the Other Side.When not writing, he can be found curled up with a good book, seeking inspiration from the big screen, or hanging with great friends He is an avid runner and enjoys trail running and half marathons.He grew up in Las Vegas and now makes his home in Los Angeles He is at work on a new novel set amid California s marriage equality battles.You can visit his web site at ericgober

    557 thoughts on “Secrets of the Other Side”

    1. Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 4 heartsOne of the best things about this book that made it special for me was the awesome trip down memory lane. The pop culture references for the period of time were spot on and had me smiling as the memories surfaced and made me think over and over again, “OMG, I remember that!”The other aspect of the book that made it special was getting what felt like a very realistic view into growing up gay in the 80’s and 90’s. Besides growing up realizing h [...]


    2. Every so often I’ll pick up a book that truly captures my heart and sparks my imagination, and this remarkable debut novel by Eric Gober is one of them. Masterfully written, it follows Neil Ospwinkle as he negotiates an unconventional upbringing, endures the heartache of his teenage years, and sets out as a young adult to pursue his ambition to become a make-up artist. I quickly fell in love not only with the distinctive style, but with the quirky characters and the colorful craziness of Las V [...]


    3. Secrets of the Other Side is a beautifully told tale. Every evening I sat down to read the book, I felt transported to an old trailer park in Las Vegas. The descriptions were vivid, and the stories felt so real. As I turned the pages, I could feel hot sun form sweat beads on my forehead, taste dry desert dust, and see run down trailers, old cars, and colorful characters, especially Neil’s mom and his Aunt Louise in her bright makeup and cocktail waitress uniform. I fell in love with Neil Ostwi [...]


    4. This was my first novel in the gay/lesbian genre. It was a pleasant first read and I really am in love with Eric Gober!!!


    5. Secrets of the Other Side is a coming of age story about a young Neil Ostwinkle who, over time, graduates from watching the Wizard of Oz to getting a degree in English and launching a career as a make-up artist. Neil is being raised by an occasional single mother living in a Las Vegas trailer park situated next to an air force base where jets are constantly shuddering and disrupting life. It serves almost as a metaphor to the disquieting relationships Neil tries to establish with select classmat [...]





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