Got to Be Real: Four Original Love Stories

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Signet, 2000 - Fiction - 407 pages
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Four of the biggest male names on the African-American literary scene--E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey, Colin Channer, and Marcus Major-- contribute stories to this anthology that navigate the complex landscape of the human heart.

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I did not like Eric Jerome Dickey's story at all. This wasn't his best work. “Cafe Piel” is about forbidden love, but it was slow, and very, very dull and lacked substance and I had to really struggle ... Read full review

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Born in Flint, Michigan and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, E. Lynn Harris graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1977, earning a degree in journalism with honors. After college, Harris sold computers for IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and AT&T for 13 years before quitting his job to write his first novel. The resulting book, Invisible Life, was self-published in 1992 and sold mostly at beauty salons and black-owned bookstores. After being published in trade paperback by Anchor Books, Invisible Life became the #1 book on the Blackboard Bestseller List of African-American Titles and spent a total of 25 consecutive months on the list. Harris was an openly gay African American and was best known for his depictions of African American men on the down low or in the closet. He won numerous awards for his work including two Novel of the Year Prizes by the Blackboard African-American Bestsellers, Inc. for Just As I Am and Any Way the Wind Blows, the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence for If This World Were Mine, and the Lambda Literary Award for the anthology Freedom in This Village. His other books include And This Too Shall Pass; Abide with Me; Not a Day Goes By; A Love of My Own; I Say a Little Prayer; What Becomes of the Brokenhearted; Just Too Good to Be True, and Basketball Jones. His work also appeared in American Visions, Essence, Washington Post Sunday Magazine, Sports Illustrated and the award-winning anthology Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America. He died on July 23, 2009 at the age of 54.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of fifteen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Chasing Destiny, Genevieve, Drive Me Crazy, Naughty or Nice, The Other Woman, and Thievesa (TM) Paradise. He is also the author of a six-issue miniseries of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. His novel, Naughty or Nice, has been optioned by Lionsgate Films. He lives on the road and rests in Southern California.

Colin Channer is the author of national bestselling novels "Waiting in Vain" and "Satisfy My Soul" as well as the novellas "I'm Still Waiting and The Girl with the Golden Shoe. "He is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology "Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop". His essays, criticism and short fiction have appeared in the "New York Times", "Bomb", the "Times Literary Supplement", "Renaissance Noire", "Obsidian III" and "Essence". Colin Channer was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he began his writing career in high school as the secret (and expensive) creator of love poems and amorous correspondence on behalf of other boys. He is the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Channer is also the founder and artistic director of The Calabash Literary Festival.

A former middle school teacher, Marcus Major is the author of "Good Peoples", which debuted at #4 on the Blackboard bestseller list & was included in Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers program. He lives in southern New Jersey.