Invisible Life: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 28, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
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The re-issue of a remarkable first novel by a young, gay, black author who fashioned a deeply moving and compelling coming of age story out of the highly controversial issues of bisexuality and AIDS.

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.

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 eventually force Raymond, at last, to face the truth.


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The first time I read this book, I was completely blown away. Never before had I read a book which was so true it was scary. "Invisible Life" managed to do what most books hadn't done before, tell ... Read full review

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This trilogy follows Raymond Tyler Jr. from his college days through his years as a successful young attorney. It is in college that he encounters his first homosexual experience, at a time when he ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
29
Section 4
36
Section 5
77
Section 6
93
Section 7
114
Section 8
118
Section 15
192
Section 16
202
Section 17
212
Section 18
220
Section 19
227
Section 20
242
Section 21
252
Section 22
259

Section 9
134
Section 10
149
Section 11
160
Section 12
164
Section 13
173
Section 14
181
Section 23
266
Section 24
270
Section 25
276
Section 26
281
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About the author (2012)

E. Lynn Harris was a ten-time New York Times bestselling author. His work included the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted and the novels, A Love of My Own, Just as I Am, Any Way the Wind Blows (all three of which were named Novel of the Year by the Blackboard African American Bestsellers), I Say a Little Prayer, If This World Were Mine (which won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence), the classic Invisible LifeJust Too Good to Be True, and Basketball Jones. He passed away at the age of 54 in 2009.


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