Only You Eileen Obser


Published: June 30th 2014

Kindle Edition

247 pages


Only You  by  Eileen Obser

Only You by Eileen Obser
June 30th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 247 pages | ISBN: | 3.19 Mb

Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Only You (And You Alone) relates Eileen Obser’s personal experience growing up in Queens, New York – how the mores of that era and the dictates of the Catholic Church led to her unhappy, doomed-to-fail marriage at eighteen to a nineteen-year-old boy from their candy store crowd.

After much research of the period, which is reflected throughout the memoir, with the news of the day, the music and popular culture, newspaper, magazine and book excerpts, plus her own journals, diaries and photographs, and including interviews with family and friends, Eileen shows how two naïve, uninformed teenagers were influenced by social and religious pressures, to disastrous consequences.“A recurring device in the book is reference to the popular songs of the era, both the early rock ‘n’ roll classics like “Rock Around the Clock” and “Hound Dog,” and the romantic ballads like “Hawaiian Wedding Song” and “Only You.” The latter song, a Platters hit, supplies the title of the book and also its greatest irony.

This book is frank about sexual dysfunction, but not graphic. It is sad but not morbid, and in the end Eileen discovers independence, self-worth, and the right to a bright future.”—John M. Daniel, author, Behind the Redwood Door, Hooperman“Obser has taken an honest and sometimes painful look back into the innocent teenage years of her life and, in so doing, shows how her experiences shaped the person she has become today. Now funny, now poignant, Obser has created a tableau for all of us to ponder, even reminding us of the movies and songs of our youth…Only You is a gem!”—Elaine Polson Shiber, Vermont Ain’t for Sissies

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