Invisible Life: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The remarkable first novel by a young, gay, Black author who fashioned a deeply moving and compelling coming-of-age story out of the controversial issues of bisexuality and AIDS. 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.
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.
Invisible Life has been hailed as "one of the most thought-provoking books - since James Baldwin's Another Country" (Richmond Voice), and Harris's "stories have become the toast of bookstores, reading groups, men, women, and gay and straight people" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 6 minutes|
|Author||E. Lynn Harris|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 11, 2009|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #66,785 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#24 in LGBTQ+ Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#150 in LGBTQ+ Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
#642 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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I am grateful to whatever gods may be I found my aunt’s collection of his novels on the bookshelf, when I was a youth. The Invisible Life series gave me a look into a life I had only imagined, and made me realize it was possible to love another man - in romantic partnership.
While this book explores DL culture in depth, the stories of heartache and secrecy, led me to know the type of partnership I did not desire.
As a freshman in college in 2007, I had the pleasure to meet E. Lynn in person when he visited Morehouse during our Tiger Talks Series - moderated by our then Editor in Chief, Travers Johnson. Their dialog took place at Sale Hall, which is one of our campuses most storied buildings. Sale Hall is known to have held sermons preached by epic alumni Pastors, such as Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The next year, E. Lynn tragically passed away from unknown health complications. Because of his literary contributions his life and his stories live on.
The beauty of the written word is the article I wrote in The Maroon Tiger, chronicling his visit to Morehouse and celebrating his life, while he was living, will live on forever.
Thank you, E. Lynn. You are sorely missed and forever loved.
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I rememeber the mainstream gay press in the UK giving this book a rough time when it was reviewed calling it schamltzy but I think they missed how well this book sums up life from an African-American perspective. Its been a long time since I read it but it was a formative read for me and I rememeber being enthralled by the warmth of the characters.
Its an easy going read but E Lynn Harris is a master of story telling. Its the story of the struggle to come to terms with one's sexual indentity. And while it comes from the perspective of the African-American community its a struggle that all gay men and women have to make regardless of their background. Some of the details may change but the journey is always the same.
Im surprised that noone has taken his work and turned it into a movie yet - the first 3-4 books would make a great black, gay 'waiting to exhale' type movie. To some extent Noah's Arc tried to take his formula and expand it onto the small screen.
Sadly E Lynn Harris died in July 2009 from Heart Disease which was so upsetting as I was looking froward to far more work from him. As it stands (according to Wikipedia) he published 15 books including his new book, "Mama Dearest" which was completed shortly before his death and is yet to be available.
As for "Invisible Life" its a "reet riveting read!" Thoroughly recommend it.