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Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris
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May 25, 2011

really liked it
Recommended to DeMon by: Serendipity
Recommended for: Young adults questioning their sexuality. Specifically Black males, but the story is universal.
Read in September, 2001 — I own a copy

I'm such a huge fan of the late Mr E Lynn Harris. Following the news of his death I wrote a blog about how I came to love his books and about how he touched my life. Here's a copy of that blog:

I was very troubled to hear about the passing of Mr. Harris. To me he was more than just an author. He helped me see that being an out gay black male was possible. The way I first discovered his writing was kind of serendipitous. I was a very unhappy closeted college freshman at East Carolina University. I've always had a passion for reading and used books as a way to escape my life's reality and it's inner-turmoil. I would go to Barnes and Nobel quite often to sip coffee and find new books to read. I was aware that they had a "Gay and Lesbian interest" book section, but I was so deeply closeted that I couldn't even walk toward that aisle even though I wanted to very badly. During one of my days there I walked around a bit and found a couple of books that looked interesting. I went to purchase my coffee and found a comfortable chair to sit in while I went through my books to see which ones I wanted to buy. I sat my things on the coffee table in front of me and I noticed an interesting looking book lying there on the table that someone had left for the employees to re-shelve. I picked it up and read the title "Invisible Life". That really peaked my interest because I felt like I was living an invisible life. I started to read and it drew me in instantly...
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Melanie A Caines I read this book in literally 48 hours. Every free second I got! So glad you were able to relate to his books and find yourself while reading them. :)

Holly Smack Absolutely loved it! Cried my butt off several years ago.

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