Just as I Am (Paperback)

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E. Lynn Harris's blend of rich, romantic  storytelling and controversial contemporary issues like  race and bisexuality have found an enthusiastic and  diverse audience across America. Readers celebrate  the arrival in paperback of his second novel,  Just As I Am, which picks up where  Invisible Life left off,  introducing Harris's appealing and authentic characters to a  new set of joys, conflicts, and choices. Raymond,  a young black lawyer from the South, struggles to  come to terms with his sexuality and with the grim  reality of AIDS. Nicole, an aspiring  singer/actress, experiences frustration in both her career and  in her attempts to find a genuine love  relationship. Both characters share an eclectic group of  friends who challenge them, and the reader, to look at  themselves and the world around thern through  different eyes. By portraying Nicole's and Raymond's  joys, as well as their pain, Harris never ceases to  remind us that life, like love, is about  self-acceptance. In this vivid portrait of contemporary  black life, with all its pressures and the  complications of bisexuality, AIDS, and racism, Harris  confirms a faith in the power of love -- love of all  kinds -- to thrill and to heal, which will warm the  hearts of readers everywhere.

About the Author

E. Lynn Harris (1955-2009) was the author of eleven novels and the memoir "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted". Ten of his novels including "In My Father s House, Mama Dearest, Basketball Jones", and "Just Too Good to be True" hit the "New York Times" bestseller list. Harris was known for writing about men who were black, gay and closeted, introducing many readers to little-talked-about subjects. Unable to sell his first novel, "Invisible Life", he self-published and sold copies out of the trunk of his car. He was born in Flint, Michigan, and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he was the first male cheerleader, and remained a dedicated Arkansas Razorbacks fan throughout his life. He divided his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, before his death in 2009.

Praise For…

"Just As I Am more than delivers on  the promise of Invisible Life.  Harris gives his readers a refreshing view of  African-American achievement, a touching  characterization of a man living with AIDS, and a sensitive  depiction of gay/straight friendships that is much  to be hoped for in the world outside the book's  pages." -- The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385469708
ISBN-10: 0385469705
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: February 15th, 1995
Pages: 384
Language: English