E. Lynn Harris's blend of rich, romanticstorytelling and controversial contemporary issues likerace and bisexuality have found an enthusiastic anddiverse audience across America. Readers celebratethe arrival in paperback of his second novel, Just As I Am, which picks up whereInvisible Life left off, introducing Harris's appealing and authentic characters to anew set of joys, conflicts, and choices. Raymond, a young black lawyer from the South, struggles tocome to terms with his sexuality and with the grimreality of AIDS. Nicole, an aspiringsinger/actress, experiences frustration in both her career andin her attempts to find a genuine loverelationship. Both characters share an eclectic group offriends who challenge them, and the reader, to look atthemselves and the world around thern throughdifferent eyes. By portraying Nicole's and Raymond'sjoys, as well as their pain, Harris never ceases toremind us that life, like love, is aboutself-acceptance. In this vivid portrait of contemporaryblack life, with all its pressures and thecomplications of bisexuality, AIDS, and racism, Harrisconfirms a faith in the power of love -- love of allkinds -- to thrill and to heal, which will warm thehearts of readers everywhere.
About the Author
E. Lynn Harris is a former computer sales executive with IBM and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He self-published Invisible Life, with great success. It went on to become a Blackboard bestseller and a 1996 ABA Blackboard List Outstanding African American Novel Nominee. In 1996, Just As I Am was awarded the Novel of the Year Prize by Blackboard African-American Bestsellers, Inc. If This World Were Mine was a finalist for the 1997 NAACP Image Award and winner of the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence. His new novel, Not A Day Goes By, will be published by Doubleday in summer 2000. Harris currently divides his time between Chicago and New York.
"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.