‘Just Between Us’ By Ted Chase

The story opens in 1950 when Brad Reynolds enrolls in college. He is the well brought up son of an African American physician and his wife. It is an upbringing that stresses propriety. Brad meets his roommates…Eric Moore the confident son of a black judge, and Tony Williams the reticent son of educators. They cautiously take part in campus life, but they remain inseparable which causes them to confide in one another. Eric reveals a terrifying secret, made worse when an unspeakable scandal erupts on campus. Eric’s secret stuns Brad and Tony, but they also have secrets. Still reluctant to use the ‘H’ word (homosexual), all three roommates come to grips with their preferences.
After two turbulent years of college, and against the objections of their families, they move to New York. Eric, Brad and Tony are nonchalant about the advantages of prep schools, summers at Sag Harbor and Cape Cod, and trips abroad; but there are unexpected dramas. The most shocking is the near-death experience one of them has when returning from Europe with his lover. The experience forces them to understand that life is too short not to reveal who or what they really are. They must face their secrets with no outside help. There are no black churches or organizations to provide guidance or affirmation.

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