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The Other Side of What

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Is life determined by fate or coincidence? Memphis, a small town southern boy's haven for escape, is the perfect place to find out. Choosing to hide his past, Matthew moves to Memphis and forms bonds with an overly dramatic boy named Jacob and a passionate art dealer named Zoë. However, it is Vance, an elusive drug dealer and dancer by night, a projection booth operator in ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Shanlian WordLit Press (first published May 28th 2003)
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Aria Grace
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting look at a vulnerable man living in the big city. ;-) He has demons that he hides but they all come back to haunt him. I enjoyed it a lot. I could have used a bit more spice...but I liked it.
Mark
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shannon Yarbrough’s first novel The Other Side of What, a languid coming-of-age story with vivid characters and memorable descriptions of its Memphis setting, mimics the process of growing up that it describes, becoming more confident as its story progresses. Ultimately, though, like its narrator, it clings to a naivete that doesn’t quite allow it to mature.

The novel begins as the gay narrator Matthew moves from a small Tennessee backwater to Memphis, the metropolis of his youth, and his search
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Feb 17, 2013 marked it as lurking-in-kindleland  ·  review of another edition
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Matt leaves home after graduation and moves to Memphis where he grows up.

I liked this book. I would have to say it is an adult coming-of-age novel. Matt begins to grow up as he gets involved with others in Memphis. He learns what love is and what it is not. He learns to trust and give out pieces of his past. He also learns to accept who he is, what is past, and what the present and future holds.

The characters were flawed. None were perfect but they made a family for their group of friends. They
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I was born and raised in Dyersburg, TN, lived in Memphis for six years, and currently live in St. Louis, Missouri. The south has a huge influence on my writing. I am the author of three books: The Other Side of What (published in 2003), Stealing Wishes (published in 2008), and Are You Sitting Down? (published in 2010). I love to read. Also love to write poetry. Other hobbies include painting, gard ...more