Other Side is a riveting tale of contemporary romance.
The themes are viewed through the experiences of a young attorney. The title Other Side is an attempt to explore the duality of personality, character and actions of people. The main character faces his conflicts and value propositions through four relationships that are juxtaposed and contradictory. His pursuit of validation and truth is explored through his mother, wife, mistress and a sex worker. The anecdotes from each encapsulate a broad perspective of political and social issues in a multi cultural American society. Although presented through the prism of a male protagonist the women’s stories of relationship struggle and maturation provides the platform for all the characters development.
Arc of the Story
The male protagonist narrates stories that represent the various engagements from the female characters stage of life and being. His mother is regretful of failure to find happiness (love) and security and its effect on her son, his wife is hurting from her insecurities exacerbated from his infidelity and betrayal of commitment to family, the mistress is damaged from past abuses and sense of worthlessness, and the sex worker’s anger is a result of untold disrespect and need for basic survival. The characters act out their love, frustrations and dreams for the future. As the story progresses, the male protagonist navigates the various ups and downs of love, sex, career, family and self. He explores the sustenance, growth and hardship as he moves toward a sustainable truth.