at last, E. Lynn Harris's beloved first novel in a hardcover edition.
Just a few years ago, E. Lynn Harris was selling his self-published
novel Invisible Life out of the back of his car. Today he
is a bestselling publishing sensation, with more than one million
copies of his four novels sold. To celebrate Harris's incredible
success, and offer his fans the opportunity to own, at last, a hardcover
version of Invisible Life, Doubleday is proud to announce
a special edition of the book so many have cherished.
Invisible Life is the story of a young man's coming of age.
Law school, girlfriends, and career choices were all part of Raymond
Tyler's life, but there were other, more terrifying issues for him
to confront. Being black was tough enough, but Raymond was becoming
more and more conscious of sexual feelings that he knew weren't
"right." He was completely committed to Sela, his longtime girlfriend,
but his attraction to Kelvin, whom he had met during his last year
in law school, had become more than just a friendship. No matter
how much he tried to suppress them, his feelings were deeply sexual.
Fleeing to New York to escape both Sela and Kelvin, Raymond finds
himself more confused than ever before. New relationships--both
male and female--give him enormous pleasure but keep him from finding
the inner peace and lasting love he so desperately desires. The
horrible illness and death of a friend force Raymond, at last, to
face the truth.
Invisible Life has been hailed as "one of the most thought-provoking
books--since James Baldwin's Another Country" (Richmond Voice),
and Harris's "stories have become the toast of bookstores, reading
groups, men, women, and gay and straight people" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Proceeds from the sale of this special fifth anniversary edition
will go to the E. Lynn Harris Foundation, a charitable organization
that gives young people across the country the opportunity to study
writing with established authors, and also aids emerging artists.
Critical Acclaim for Invisible Life:
Selected in Vibe magazine's Fifth Anniversary Edition as
one of its favorite books "on race, gender, and rules you must not
"A quick, entertaining and thought-provoking read--This is a compelling
story that commands and holds the attention until the final page
"Black Americans--have been given a rare opportunity with this book
to broaden their understanding of lifestyles like or unlike their
own. Mr. Harris has stimulated a dialogue within the African-American
community, desperately needed for so long, about the complicated
issues of sexuality."
"Powerful and vividly told--the story is compelling and leaves the
reader wanting more."
--Lambda Book Report
Sexy and heartwarming in equal measure, Abide with Me will
thrill new readers as well as fans already familiar with Harris's
unique take on the universal themes of love, friendship, and family.
E. Lynn Harris has truly done it again.