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AUNT LOUISE CAME to our trailer at dusk, bearing a huge bowl of steamed rice and a covered pot. She removed the lid and a sweet spiciness filled the living room.
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 Vegas where the story is set.
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.