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Augie Schoenberg is twenty-two, an aspiring filmmaker at a school without a film school, and desperately single. He's just moved into the Harley Hutt, the wildest party house on campus, and has fallen hard for his roommate Victor Radhakrishna, a campus political activist who is, for Augie, "a practical demi-god: a crusader for justice in skateboarding shoes." The problem is, Augie is the only gay one in the house - or so he thinks. This darkly comic novel of sex, betrayal, and cultural clashes follows Augie's search for love: from the cornfields of Illinois, to the gay beach and underground clubs of Chicago, and finally to the ecstasy-fueled nightlife of London, where Victor's secret threatens to keep the two apart forever.

"This book about college student angst set in the Midwest rocks." -- Instinct Magazine

"Spanning the full spectrum of sexual appetites...it's refreshingly titillating...pulsates with a rare, unsettlingly raw energy..." -- Gay City News (New York)

"Great sex...a gay Portnoy's Complaint." -- OutSmart Magazine (Houston)

Published: Lethe Press on Jan 7, 2011
ISBN: 9781452445021
List price: $4.99
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August (Augie) Schoenberg is in his senior year in college when he finally gets to room in the infamous Harley Hut, noted for the wildest parties, sharing with with a group of self proclaimed heterosexual guys. Augie wants to be a film maker but is studying at a college without a film school, but that is not his only problem, he is single but desperately wants someone special, a guy, for Augie is gay. He makes no secret of this, and even if he tried he would soon give himself away for while not obviously effeminate he is plain to all by his manner that he is gay.Within minutes of having arrived at Harley Hut Augie falls for roommate Victor Radhakrishna, the intelligent dark skinned Indian political activist, who claims to be straight, but whose actions sometimes suggest otherwise; but that is not uncommon it seems at Harley Hut, for during his time there Augie will bed more than one of his roommates.A love affair soon blossoms between Augie and Victor, but it is an affair beset with problems, least of which is Victor's acceptance of his one and only gay relationship, for he has other secrets which in time will prove more devastating. Supported by his various confidants, some more loyal than others, Augie tries to make the best of the situation.This is an appealing and engaging story, all the more so because it is not populated solely with handsome well hung hunks, but with a diverse mix of characters of all shapes and sizes. Augie himself is smallish, thin and with a little pot belly, yet he obviously has some appeal, at at some time during the story even manages to captivate a member of the Chicago White Sox team for a while. His love for Victor is not just physical either, although he is besotted by Victors looks he is also in love with the inner man.The Unborn Spouse Situation is well written, and often very funny, (although regularly misused personal pronouns do jar, and Mr Rauscher seems to have a liking for tautology - "descend down", "reverse back", "continue on", "recline back" . . . the problem with such is that is tends to bring one back to reality). But that apart is is a good read filled with interesting and well formed often larger than life characters, and while it is rather open ended it maintains a positive aspectread more
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August (Augie) Schoenberg is in his senior year in college when he finally gets to room in the infamous Harley Hut, noted for the wildest parties, sharing with with a group of self proclaimed heterosexual guys. Augie wants to be a film maker but is studying at a college without a film school, but that is not his only problem, he is single but desperately wants someone special, a guy, for Augie is gay. He makes no secret of this, and even if he tried he would soon give himself away for while not obviously effeminate he is plain to all by his manner that he is gay.Within minutes of having arrived at Harley Hut Augie falls for roommate Victor Radhakrishna, the intelligent dark skinned Indian political activist, who claims to be straight, but whose actions sometimes suggest otherwise; but that is not uncommon it seems at Harley Hut, for during his time there Augie will bed more than one of his roommates.A love affair soon blossoms between Augie and Victor, but it is an affair beset with problems, least of which is Victor's acceptance of his one and only gay relationship, for he has other secrets which in time will prove more devastating. Supported by his various confidants, some more loyal than others, Augie tries to make the best of the situation.This is an appealing and engaging story, all the more so because it is not populated solely with handsome well hung hunks, but with a diverse mix of characters of all shapes and sizes. Augie himself is smallish, thin and with a little pot belly, yet he obviously has some appeal, at at some time during the story even manages to captivate a member of the Chicago White Sox team for a while. His love for Victor is not just physical either, although he is besotted by Victors looks he is also in love with the inner man.The Unborn Spouse Situation is well written, and often very funny, (although regularly misused personal pronouns do jar, and Mr Rauscher seems to have a liking for tautology - "descend down", "reverse back", "continue on", "recline back" . . . the problem with such is that is tends to bring one back to reality). But that apart is is a good read filled with interesting and well formed often larger than life characters, and while it is rather open ended it maintains a positive aspect
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