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Going Dutch

A Novel
Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
3.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A sly and humorous portrait of modern relationships and an urban comedy of manners in the vein of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, James Gregor’s Going Dutch finds a struggling gay male graduate student in an unexpected - yet stirring - relationship with his brilliant female classmate.

Exhausted by dead-end forays in the gay dating scene, surrounded constantly by friends but deeply lonely in New York City, and drifting into academic abyss, 20-something graduate student Richard has plenty of sources of anxiety. But at the forefront is his crippling writer’s block, which threatens daily to derail his graduate funding and leave Richard poor, directionless, and desperately single.

Enter Anne: his brilliant classmate who offers to “help” Richard write his papers in exchange for his company, despite Richard’s fairly obvious sexual orientation. Still, he needs her help, and it doesn’t hurt that Anne has folded Richard into her abundant lifestyle. What begins as an initially transactional relationship blooms gradually into something more complex.

But then a one-swipe-stand with an attractive, successful lawyer named Blake becomes serious, and Richard suddenly finds himself unable to detach from Anne, entangled in her web of privilege, brilliance, and, oddly, her unabashed acceptance of Richard’s flaws. As the two relationships reach points of serious commitment, Richard soon finds himself on a romantic and existential collision course - one that brings about surprising revelations.

Going Dutch is an incisive portrait of relationships in an age of digital romantic abundance, but it’s also a heartfelt and humorous exploration of love and sexuality and a poignant meditation on the things emotionally ravenous people seek from and do to each other. James Gregor announces himself with levity and a fresh, exciting voice in his debut.

©2019 James Gregor (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Editorial Review

A beautiful (and uncomfortable) exploration of the urban millennial experience

This debut from James Gregor perfectly captures the utter confusion of the urban millennial (and LGBTQIA+) experience. With an often-frustrating cast of characters and one bad decision after another, there are elements of this story that almost feel like a thriller—though it’s entirely about relationships in the age of online dating. With its beautiful and stylized prose and pointed examinations of the fluidity of sexuality, labels, and everyday life, Going Dutch blends some of my favorite elements of romantic comedies, thrillers, and literary fiction into one story. And while it may be difficult to categorize, there’s just something about the story and narrator Michael David Axtell’s heartfelt performance that keeps you engaged and curious until the very last second. —Michael C., Audible Editor

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I enjoyed this book as a break from my typical choice of mysteries and thrillers. I found myself unable to stop listening. Even though I got frustrated and annoyed with the main character, Richard, the story seemed unapologetically honest and well written. I enjoyed this glimpse into the lives of young New Yorkers and it reminded me of the uncertainty and immaturity of life in the big city in my early twenties.