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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492326275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492326274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Queerling
Clarion Review 
Gary is at the height of his literary powers, producing a character and a story that feels viscerally authentic long after the reality-bending conclusion.

The story is brilliant, esoteric fiction. Sardonic, cultural reference-heavy humor and emotion-laden memories appear in equal measure. 
Author Austin Gary's ability to create a complexly layered, cohesive story of a life makes this book a standout.

The generous foreshadowing notwithstanding, the epilogue will blow readers' minds and beg a second reading to revisit missed details.


San Francisco Examiner

Preston Nesbitt...confined to a Portland, Oregon mental hospital...has the ability to diagnose everybody's psychological condition but his own. ...told through Preston's journal entries, he hopes to convince his doctor and parents he is not delusional.

This enchanting tale introduces one of the most complex, interesting, and amusing characters I've read in years...cocky, irritating, too clever, egotistical and rude, yet he touches your heart. 

This esoteric novel is a captivating delight, first page to last. Funny, thought-provoking, unnerving. Bravo.

From GayRVA.com

I read with a measure of detachment. I knew I would recommend it, that my review would be favorable...then I read:
"I've responded intimately and intellectually to both sexes for as long as I can remember. I was born that way...not a choice. I have little concern for the packaging, only whether or not the person's intelligent, kind, caring and how we connect, energetically"...and my favorable review has turned into a "BRAVO!"

 I was leery when I read a review calling the epilogue "mind-blowing." But it is.

About the Author

Austin Gary (born Gary Austin Heyde, March 7, 1947, St. Joseph, Missouri, United States) is an American novelist, songwriter and playwright. His novel, "Miss Madeira" published in August 2011, was a finalist in the 2009 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition and a finalist (short list) in ForeWords First Debut Fiction competition. In 2008 his unpublished novel "Ask Me No Secrets" was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Competition. "Genius," Gary's novel in progress, was a Finalist (Short List) in the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition. His historical novel, "Genius," was also a finalist in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc. Literary Competition. His novels, "Miss Madeira" and "Genius" have both been adapted into plays. Gary is a BMI award-winning songwriter for "The Car" by Jeff Carson as Gary Heyde) and recordings by other country performers like Tammy Wynette and John Berry, and as Associate Producer of albums by Carson, Berry and Hank Williams, Jr.'s Hog Wild album. A storyteller, he has appeared on Seattle Public radio station KUOW with personal stories about Thornton Wilder and the Martin Luther King assassination and A Guide To Visitors --The Best Of Stories On Stage. He is also a teacher, intuitive numerologist and a former advertising creative director, radio/television jingle composer, and newspaper editor. He is the father of award-winning stage director Rachel Rockwell -- named 2012 Chicagoan of the Year in Theatre and Jeremy Spencer, drummer for heavy metal band, Five Finger Death Punch -- named 2012 Golden God's "Best Drummer" by Revolver Magazine. Gary now lives in Calgary, Alberta.

More About the Author

Austin Gary is the nom de plume for Gary Austin Heyde (born March 7, 1947, in St. Joseph, Missouri). Google: Gary Heyde. He's every Gary Heyde except the football coach (though he's the only one listed among single game record holders in the Missouri State High School Basketball Record Book).

Austin grew up in a small town in northwest Missouri (Stanberry). He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a B.S. in Speech and Drama from the University of Evansville (IN). He's a BMI-award winning songwriter, playwright, and noted storyteller and teacher. Some of his less lucrative or more unusual jobs include: movie theater concessionaire; lackey for a Missouri Highway Department Road Crew; salesman in the sporting goods department of a retail chain; busboy for a popular Mediterranean restaurant; horse stable mucker and ditch digger; personal assistant to a well-known singer-songwriter; and intuitive numerologist. It's debatable whether he was expanding his horizons, mining for future book fodder or just incapable of holding down a job.

He's written: three musicals (performed at the various universities); dozens of jingles for radio and television; hundreds of songs (for artists including: Tammy Wynette, John Berry and Jeff Carson, "The Car"). He is the proud father of award-winning stage director, Rachel Rockwell and heavy metal drummer, Jeremy Spencer(Five Finger Death Punch), and surrogate father to dozens of former students.

He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta Canada

Austin Gary Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Gary

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/austin.gary.7

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Preston is an interesting character, annoying, but interesting.
Missy Frye
The insight of adolescent psychology, the wit, the vocabulary, the science, and the twist of plot are masterful!
Lisa Kay Vayda
This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you've finished reading.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Danette on November 10, 2013
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Curl up with this one, and prepare to be blind-sided!

Of satirical genre, Austin Gary's latest novel, The Queerling,sets the stage with one Preston Nesbitt, a sixteen year old psychiatric patient assigned to journal his thoughts and feelings daily as part of his treatment and release from The Healing
Place. Dialogue entries between he and his therapist are both witty and cynical. "I'm not just another precocious savant with a Comedy Central sensibility!". Indeed, he is not! In an attempt at avoidance, Preston amusingly begins to accurately journal analysis of his fellow patients as well as his therapist. "Doc, I find you rigid and unimaginative!".

The journal , written over five months, leaves the reader sympathetic with Preston,hoping for an accurate diagnosis and a recovery of his memory regarding a u-tube video in which he purportedly appeared. As time marches on, it appears that his release will not be imminent. Preston reflects the author's knowledge of adolescent development as well as his antipathy of "over-medicating" and the use of recreational drugs.

A journey through Preston's life is a must read. The conclusion is stunning!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kay Vayda on October 28, 2013
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The Queerling by Austin Gary is a great story on so many levels! The insight of adolescent psychology, the wit, the vocabulary, the science, and the twist of plot are masterful! This is pure delight to the intellect and emotions!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on April 16, 2014
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Austin Gary’s compulsively readable new novel, The Queerling, is made up of a series of journal entries written by Preston Nesbitt, an exceptionally gifted and exceptionally annoying inpatient at The Healing Place, a mental health facility in Portland, OR. Preston’s been confined because of his inability to explain a seemingly supernatural viral video in which he is featured.

He’s justifiably frustrated at being locked up and forced to write in a journal, and he responds with a slew of entries that are sometimes poignant, often sarcastic, and always clever. But we quickly come to learn that Preston's impertinence and irreverence is a learned response to a variety of ills plaguing his generation. His diagnosis (and this book is all about overdiagnosis and misdiagnosis) does no justice to his true character: he’s got Asperger’s syndrome and an incredible memory, but right beneath his insolence is the voice of a generation that is tired of apathy, discrimination, and deceit. He is offered no worthwhile role-models, but finds solace in literature and his own unique spirituality.

Though Preston is ostensibly under the observation of Dr. Thomas van Ittersum, it is contemporary society that ends up subject to the most rigorous psychoanalysis. Preston's journal entries provide valuable insight into the current state of things: overdiagnosis of mental illness, overpresrciption of psychopharmaceuticals, our collective political cognitive dissonance, plain-old bad parenting—the list goes on.

I have to admit that I found the novel difficult to read, and not because the novel was poorly written—quite the contrary: the book mirrored my adolescent experience so closely that it was often painful to see how accurately similar experiences could be captured.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2014
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I found this book on our library's RSS list... The Queerling by Austin Gary. Other than to point out that the story is virtually unrelated in any way to what you might think of given the title, all I can say is that this book is *very* different (in a pretty good way).

The Queering made my "put it on hold" list because it's based in Portland Oregon (where I live), which usually adds an enjoyable element to a book for me. I can visualize where the action is taking place, and that adds a lot of context for me (I don't do "subtle" very well). The first thing that makes it different is the style with the plot line. It's a journal written by a kid locked up in a mental hospital with Asperger's Syndrome. He's been "asked" to write this journal to his doctor to help resolve his issues, both present and past. The "present" involves his release of a viral video that appears to involve him getting hit by a car, but with no obvious impact. He claims to know nothing about it, his parents and doctor think he's lying, and he still wonders why it would matter either way.

The second "different-ness" is the dialogue and vocabulary. He's a self-described "memory prodigy" and that gives him wide-ranging abilities to write in a style that quotes from obscure courses, as well as having a edge and cockiness about life that goes in directions that are hard to anticipate, much less keep up with. The closest I can come to explaining it is to imagine someone like Robin Williams at the height of his comic lunacy sitting down to write a journal.

Most of the story feels like a "slice of life" book, and I wasn't sure where it was going or whether the end was actually going to wrap up anything.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Brencick on January 8, 2014
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I heartily recommend this book if you are looking for something that will cause you to exercise your brain and your emotions. The central character is cocky, annoying, too clever, arrogant and rude, and yet somehow he manages to touch your heart. It is a book that engages on many levels. This is definitely worth the journey. And once you've reached the end you will want to read it again and you will find yourself on a whole new journey.

P. S. If you haven't read "Miss Madeira" by the same author, you are missing another good one.

Can't wait to see what Mr. Austin comes up with next.
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