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A Love of My Own | [E. Lynn Harris]

A Love of My Own

As a band of close-knit characters (old and new) navigates life's challenges and tries to find their place in the world, each person goes on a journey of the heart in search of the one thing everyone wants: a love of their own.
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Publisher's Summary

A Love of My Own takes on the universal issue of class and how changes in economic status among family and friends can often disrupt, confuse, and wound. But love, a signature Harris theme, abounds in this novel. As a band of close-knit characters (old and new) navigates life's challenges and tries to find their place in the world, each person goes on a journey of the heart in search of the one thing everyone wants: a love of their own. E. Lynn Harris is a former IBM computer sales executive and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is the author of seven previous novels.

© 2002 E. Lynn Harris; (P) 2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship." (Vibe)

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    Huttunen Pasi J 11-22-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Solid E. Lynn Harris quality"

    This (audio)book continues the stories of the characters formerly known from Harris's earlier books with the same solid quality the earlier books were written. Harris's books might not be the cornerstones of the Western literature but they sure do make this guy from Finland yearn for more. I guess the most important aspect that touches me is the compassion and gentleness in the way the characters are presented, and by doing that Harris succeeds to bring them close to the reader's/listener's heart. I always feel good when listening to his books because somehow I know that in the end everything's going to turn out all right after all. And in today's world optimism can only be a good thing, although undoubtedly some would disagree.

    Keep up the good work, E. Lynn, people like you are needed!

    BTW, the earlier reviewer said in his/her review that the audiobook left him/her hanging and that the book seemed to end abruptly, and that was really the case since Audible made a mistake by omitting the last 2,5 hours from the end of the book; an error that has since been corrected. Thanks for Audible for noticifation of the matter to the customers who had bought this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Stamford, CT, United States 11-12-03
    Chris Stamford, CT, United States 11-12-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Left me hanging ..."

    I really liked this book but didn't realize it was part of a series, so maybe that's why I'm in the dark. The character development was great and the narrator was wonderful, but the ending left me totally puzzled. When the book begins, one of the main characters is in ICU, but that loop is never closed so I don't know why they're there or what happened to them. Perhaps the next book will fill in the blanks.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan New York, NY, USA 04-27-04
    Susan New York, NY, USA 04-27-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Underwhelming"

    After reading the customer reviews and seeing that it had gotten so many stars, I bought this book. I was disappointed. It never seemed to capture my imagination. I'm actually thinking of not finishing it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Madison, AL, United States 12-19-12
    Alicia Madison, AL, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to A Love of My Own the most enjoyable?

    The detail and the ability of the author to engulf the reader in each characters life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was sightly personal for me because one of the settings is my hometown and the others are now my surrounding cities and that made it personal for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hospital scene when the one he truly loves shows up.


    If you could take any character from A Love of My Own out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character becasue I feel we would have a lot in common. He attended college in the town I grew up in.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book by E. Lynn Harris I will be listening to more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 05-06-10
    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 05-06-10 Member Since 2006

    THATZLIFE

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    "ehh not too bad.."

    Well actually this is one of those books where u are reading about mundane things and only at the end does something crazy and exciting happen to explain all of it. So its not a complete waste of time book...but u wont be on the edge of your seat either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosalyne Humble, TX, USA 02-11-08
    Rosalyne Humble, TX, USA 02-11-08
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    "Not Impressed"

    I have read and listened to several books by E. Lynn Harris and they have been good books. However this one I did not personally like. It did not capture my attention. The mono tone of the reader made it very difficult to distinuish between characters and it was very boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Fairburn, GA, USA 09-12-07
    Anita Fairburn, GA, USA 09-12-07 Member Since 2006
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    "First book"

    This was my very first audible book and I enjoyed every minute of it. I listened to it through my phone everywhere I went so I would burst out laughing or gasp, or walk around with this silly grin on my face. I have not read any of Harris's other books and there were a few missing links, but I still very much enjoyed this book and the narrator's voice made it even more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Marietta, NY, USA 03-18-05
    Cathy Marietta, NY, USA 03-18-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A feel good story"

    I've listened to a lot of E.Lynn Harris' stories and like the characters who show up again and again. In some parts of this book everyone was too nice to believe but overall I could accept them. The readers of all his stories are good and I always find it easy to get into the story. A few times the audio repeated sentences but that was okay. A few more "evil" people or "evil" acts would have added spice but maybe next book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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