Chauncey Greer is the owner of Cute Boy Card Company, a thriving company in Atlanta. As a teenager, he was a member of a popular boy band, but left in disgrace when word got out that he and his band mate D were more than good friends. Chauncey is a free spirit, on the brink of 40 with a body admired by both men and women. Not into being categorized, Chauncey's been known to hook up with men and women, but now in the age of the "down low", he's found that women ask too many questions, so he's just focusing on the fellas.
After one too many bad dates, Chauncey finds himself in church where the minister's message inspires him to follow his dream of a singing career once again. Although he's lost touch with D, as he starts writing songs his thoughts inevitably turn to his former lover. Chauncey's powerful performance at the church earns him a standing ovation and an invitation to participate in an upcoming revival. But Chauncey soon discovers that an ambitious fundamentalist preacher plans to use the revival to speak out against gays and gay marriage.
Feeling angry and betrayed, Chauncey and other gay members of the church decide to take a stand against the church's homophobia by staging a "Day of Absence" when all of the gay members and their friends and family stay home. Everything is going as planned until D appears on the scene and Chauncey has to confront his past and make some hard decisions about his future.
I Say a Little Prayer is filled with the delicious plot twists, humor, compassion, and up-to-the-minute controversy fans expect from their beloved "E. Lynn". Harris has returned with another gem of a novel that will rocket to the top of best seller lists nationwide.
©2006 E. Lynn Harris; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"E. Lynn Harris has apparently sipped the magical best seller potion again." (Washington Post)
"What's got audiences hooked? Harris' unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship." (Vibe)
I've been waiting for a new E. Lynn Harris novel as an audiobook for a long time, and now that I've listened to it I can say that it was well worth the wait. Harris has moved on from the characters of his earlier books to new ones, and that's okay. Sure "I Say a Little Prayer" is written in the same style that his other books are, but well, I see that as a good thing. There's just something about his novels that make my heart feel warm with their romanticism and, yes, with their gay values that don't apologize for being what they are. Inside the fast pace of his storylines and not-too-deep characters there's still something very profound about all of us, something very humane, and in the, very positive.
Sure these novels are not for everyone, but I happen to love them. I just wish they'd all be unabridged versions here at Audible and not these abridged ones...
I am sad to say that the wait for a new E. Lynn Harris book has disappointed me. " I Say A Little Prayer" is more about preaching than it is about praying. Did the Democratic National Committee pay you for the ending of the book?
Bland characters with confusing flashbacks, along with a message of hate for political and religious leaders whose views on homosexuality do not match those of the author, corrupt the wonderful works E. Lynn Harris wrote before.
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