What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir
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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir

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“In many ways writing saved my life. It’s my hope that sharing my experience will give hope to others who are learning to deal with their “difference.” I want them to know they don’t have to live their lives in a permanent “don’t ask, don’t tell” existence. Truth is a powerful tool.
“But my hope for this book doesn’t stop there. I think there is a message here for anyone wh...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 13th 2004 by Anchor (first published April 10th 2003)
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Miss Trini
Dec 19, 2007 Miss Trini added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every mature & open-minded reader
I've been a fan of E.Lynn Harris from day 1 and the memoir just endeared him even more to me. The memoir allowed me to look in on the difficulties of his childhood and see how he struggled to come to terms with his identity and to remain true to himself. I've seen his writing style improve with every novel and this memoir was the icing on the cake.
I've loved E. Lynn's books from the beginning and have read them all. This book can break your heart. To think of someone so talented who thinks so little of himself. You just want to track him down and give him a hug. And now he's passed. Re-reading to find inspiration in the self love he found before his death.
A memoir of a depressed gay black man that grew up in Little Rock in the '60's. He lived life mostly in the closet hoping for a pill to make him happy, in love, and straight... How sad! But a great inspirational read that proves the human spirit can overcome the obstacles of life.
Read this one in one sitting. IT IS A PAGE-TURNER. It wasn't always easy agreeing with his emotions and choices, but I couldn't disagree with the way he moved his story. I really loved the way E.Lynn told this one.
Being a fan of E. Lynn Harris, I was very interested in getting to know him on a personal level. His novels have amused and intrigued me all of my high school career, which is when I was first introduced to him -- so there is history there. Who would've ever thought that this story-telling genius had such a tormented past?

In WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED, Harris takes us back in time to Arkansas were he opens up about his abusive "step"-father, his fight with his sexuality & his desire t...more
Kathleen Hagen
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: a Memoir, by E. Lynn Harris. Narrated by Richard Allen. Produced by books on tape and downloaded from audible.com.

E. Lynn Harris is a New York Times best-selling author for his fiction written with protagonists who are usually gay males and African-American. This memoir details his own life. I haven’t read anything else by him so the memoir was somewhat lost on me. For some reason, partly due to the narrator, I think, this book made me impatient and felt too se...more
After reading The Glass Castle, and being disappointed, I reread "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" by E. Lynn Harris.

E. Lynn Harris has written a number of novels that deal with the theme of the bisexual/gay black man. His heroes are all handsome, wealthy African American men who have sexual relationships with men on the down low. He was ahead of the curve in exploring this issue. I picked up one of his novels on a trip to D.C. and then read them all. Harris was not exactly Shakespeare, but hi...more
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Cindy s.
Jun 06, 2007 Cindy s. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who don't have hatred on other peoples sexual orientation
Lynn E.Harris ''What becomes of the brokenhearted'' is a gloomy and yet a non-forgiving book. It is about secrets and shockness that will leave the readers with mixed feelings. Lynn as a young African-American has always been mis-treated. He goes to an all white school with no friends or teachers that treats him in a proper way. At home his father abuses him because he think it will make him ''be a man''. As time goes on, Lynn's mother divorced his father and she had to start working 2-3 jobs t...more
E. Lynn opens the doors into his world in his memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. To me, this is more than just Harris telling us his story, he is also offering words of wisdom and encouragement along the way. I've read this book multiple times and each time I am moved by his story. The memoir will take you through a range of emotions but in the end you can't help but smile. If you are interested in knowing more about E. Lynn Harris, this is the book for you.
This was a fascinating read. The book talks about how E. Lynn Harris battled with self-depression, alcoholism, homosexuality and abuse. He goes into great deal of his failed relationships with men and women and the sudden deaths of his best friends. He also takes the reader through the darkest days of his life when he attempts suicide. Reading his memoir made me understand him much more as writer and as a person. Definitely a recommendable read.
Otescia Johnson
What Becomes on the Brokenhearted changed my life. This memoir was written with such transparency and vulnerability that it not only touched me, but encouraged me to live in my truth and chase my dreams. I was living through my own personal pain when reading this book and Harris' tale of his own journey from pain to healing gave me inspiration for my voyage down the same path.
Deni Aria
I am very dazzled with Lynn's works and I had been wondering what life he was through so we could bring such a very great books to our lap. This book has beautifully been revealing himself and I was right the author, Lynn Harris has great personality and mean quality on very piece of his work! Thank you for showing us on how life to be lived in our own uniqueness !
I went on a search to read about a black author, and then discovered I had stumbled upon the memoir of a black gay author.

The author talked a lot about his depression, and there seemed to be a lot of that in his life.

Actually, listening to his story gave me some insight into a life that is different from my own.

So, sure I would recommend it.
After reading this book, my view of the author really changed. Not in a good way....read it if you want, but know that reading this memoir could very well shaking your head...like "wow"...I have to admit, I had read every single book by E Lynn Harris, BUT after reading this book, unfortunely, I didn't purchase any of his new releases.
Shannan Hicks
Far and away the best memoir I have ever read. I love his fiction and miss his voice greatly. But this was so well-written and no-holds-barred that I felt that I was in some of the situations with him. Mr. Harris is gone, but his legacy and what he has done for the literature of our time will endure.
Lynn Kearney
2.5, if I want to be generous. I was so disappointeed in this book. I'd read such glowing things about him in his (recent) obituary, but this memoir is gushy and soggy with sentiment. It's hard to imagine a greater contrast with "The Liar's Club" also read this week.
A great book! E. Lynn is a very talented writer and can use words very well. There are parts of the book that are very difficult to read because of how difficult his life has been at times. Keep in mind I might be biased because I know him personally.
This book was amazing! Harris did a wonderful job of bringing to life the troubles and trials that he went through! I only wish that we had been given more information on how he felt and what life changes he went through after he sold his first book.
The memoir by one of my favorite modern writers. It is a sharp, heartbreaking and ultimately redeeming story of a boy who became a man who became a writer. I was shocked in some places but not in a bad way. A book I can read over and over.
Nanci Robertson
I enjoyed the honesty and self-reflective qualities of the author, E. Lynn Harris, who describes in detail the challenging and often painful situations which gave him the opportunity to grow and change into the person he is today.
Dorothy Basnight
OMG!! Reading about his life brought tears to my eyes, the abuse, makes you wonder why some people have kids. How they bring people into their children lives and don't see the harm, the effects, the changes that occur in their kids.
Dahnelle Johnson
Apr 17, 2007 Dahnelle Johnson added it
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
E. Lynn Harris writes well, and his life story is very interesting. There are not many books that tell of growing up black, male, and gay. However, the book also talked about Harris' faith a lot, which I did not like so much.
Judith Grace
Rest in Peace, and thank you for the honest books. You educated me about men on another level. I was always attracted to gay men, for they were very respectful, and so good-looking. You are with your friends now.
Feb 26, 2010 ACRL added it  ·  review of another edition
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James Colwell
I absolutely loved this book, I thought I knew a lot about Mr. Harris. I was so wrong, he was such a complex creature, I could not put the book down. It was just great!!!!!
Jun 22, 2012 Angela added it
Excellent book! I cried so much to see how people can be so full of hatred! so glad E.L. James got to see fame before passing he was such a brillant writer!!!
Amy Taylor
As I read this book, I was able to reflect upon the lives of the previous charcters from Mr. Harris' books. It made me re-read Invisible Life.
Apr 16, 2007 Simone rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any E. Lynn Fan's
This book is great for an inside look into the man behind the great stories. You can really see a part of him in all of his characters.
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E. Lynn Harris was born in Flint, Michigan and raised, along with three sisters, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was the school's first black yearbook editor, the first black male Razorbacks cheerleader, and the president of his fraternity. He graduated with honors with a degree in journalism.

Harris sold computers for IBM, Hewlett-Packard,...more
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