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Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris
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Feb 09, 09

bookshelves: gay-blt, cultural-racial-issues
Read in February, 2009

This is the closest thing I read to a beach read. I love E. Lynn Harris, but his novels have become more equivalent to soap operas over the years. This is the 1st time he's used Professional Basketball for one of his gay/str8/bi Af. Am. romances. In the past he has always focused on the closeted gay world of college & professional football. E.Lynn Harris use to play college and perhaps professional football himself, and started his literary career with the highly acclaimed novel "Invisible Life". His first 4-5 novels seemed to explore the subject of the Af. Am./White gay/bi relationships a bit more seriously. Then he started introducing some scandalous & dramatic "diva" characters that were fun, but seemed to make for a lighter read. I miss the early days of Basil Henderson, and his romantic exploits. Hopefully "Basketball Jones" will have more substance than your average diva, but it's reading very quickly, and I think I'm going to have to wait for his next novel to be really impressed again. Perhaps I'll be happy to say I was wrong with his newest novel.
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