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Invisible Life | [E. Lynn Harris]

Invisible Life

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."
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1999 E. Lynn Harris; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the most thought-provoking books written about male sexuality, particularly black male sexuality, since James Baldwin's Another Country." (Richmond Voice)

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    Michele LOS ANGELES, CA, USA 04-01-05
    Michele LOS ANGELES, CA, USA 04-01-05 Member Since 2005
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    captures the reader with it's twists and turns and left me wanting to read the next book. one has to really empathized with "RAY" and his discovery of "self".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DARRELL Washington, DC, United States 10-29-11
    DARRELL Washington, DC, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Apparently VERY abridged"

    I missed that this was an abridged version. And it is only about 30% of the full version. No wonder it seemed like things moved very fast. Nonetheless it was a pleasant listen for 3 hours. Much of it seems dated in this era of more openness for gay people.

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    Davette United States 03-22-09
    Davette United States 03-22-09
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    I DIDNT LIKE THIS BOOK, TOO SHORT AND REALLY NO MORAL

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    Stephanie Cincinnati, OH, USA 06-28-08
    Stephanie Cincinnati, OH, USA 06-28-08
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    "Curiosity"

    I heard of this author and this book when news of black men on the down low became a hot topic of discussion. I did not read it then I was not interested in the topic at that time. I saw it here and thought what the heck. It was an enlightening listen. I don't have an opinion about gay people in general. To each it's own. I guess the book served it's purpose for me. I don't think I will listen to the rest of the books by this author if the storyline continues like this. This not the image I want to have of professional African American men. For those who want an eye opening experience as to how this could happen take a listen you probably won't be disappointed in the content.

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