Middle-class black homosexuals deal with their sexuality and the AIDS, racism, and homophobia that go with it in a novel that explores the lies people tell one another in an effort to conceal their true selves.
Raymond, a young black lawyer from the South, struggles to come to terms with his sexuality and with the grim reality of AIDS. Nicole, an aspiring singer/actress, experiences frustration in both her career and in her attempts to find a genuine love relationship. Both characters share an eclectic group of friends who challenge them, and the listener, to look at themselves and the world around thern through different eyes.
By portraying Nicole's and Raymond's joys, as well as their pain, Harris never ceases to remind us that life, like love, is about self-acceptance. In this vivid portrait of contemporary black life, with all its pressures and the complications of bisexuality, AIDS, and racism, Harris confirms a faith in the power of love - love of all kinds - to thrill and to heal.
©2000 E. Lynn Harris (P)2010 Random House
"Over the years, E. Lynn Harris has proved himself a powerful male counterpart to the commercial success of African American authors like Terry McMillan; the turbulent plot of Just As I Am, with its relentless focus on characters' feelings, ably demonstrates how he's become so popular." (Amazon.com review)
Love books on tape! It's all about the narrators for me though. No matter how good the story, if the narrator doesn't cut it...
Held my selective short-spanned attention. Great narrators, great story, great characters, great insight into different lives. Missed the first book but definitely looking forward to the book that follows. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Thank you!
I might be biased as I am an African American, gay male but this book (and the first in this series) is beyond amazing. I've read the actual book and listened to this reading several times. Each time it's like reading it for the first time.
I couldn't remember if I had read this book before back in the day but after a few chapters it started coming back to me. At least the familiar good story telling from E. Lynn Harris.
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