I skipped the next story in the anthology because it is a genre I don’t read often. I will say that the language of the piece is nice and, overall, I enjoyed the story.
“Lonely Boy” by Doug Harrison, Best Gay Romance 2013 (Cleis Press). Edited by R.D.Cochrane and Timothy J. Lambert.
There’s a current of resignation and an innocence running through this bittersweet tale which clues you in early to the fact that it’s set at the midpoint of the twentieth century. Brad is a student just arrived at college, glad to be away from his stifling hometown. Right away he is befriended by Mark, an upperclassman and member of a fraternity tasked with playing welcoming committee to the arriving freshmen. They are immediately attracted to one another, but cannot be open about their feelings for fear of reprisals. A look at the way life was for most gay Americans in the bygone era some folks would love to resurrect. And, of course, the way it still is for many.