For this narrator, a return to familiar surroundings is a completely alien experience.
It’s hard to know where to start when you try to encapsulate Augustus’s* story in just a few pithy lines, so let’s try the beginning: born in the Phillippines to a Filipina mother and an American father, Augustus grew up in a privileged but dysfunctional home. Shortly after graduating college with a degree in philosophy in the US, he finds himself called back to the Philippines, a country to which he never wanted to return, managing a crayon factory for father’s company and being forced to entertain foreign business associates by taking them to brothels. To make things worse, Augustus, the closeted-gay son of an openly-homophobic dad, suffers from social anxiety and feels obligated to participate in everything that takes place in those brothels. At his wit’s end, he makes a last ditch effort at escape by landing himself in another place he doesn’t belong–business school. His father is thrilled of course, but the truth will come out.
*Not his real name.
Produced by Matt Elzweig
Story told by Anonymous
Illustration by Richard Chance
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