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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. Lynn Harris Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739303702
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Chauncey Greer is the owner of Cute Boy Card Company, a thriving company in Atlanta. As a teenager, he was a member of a popular boy band, but left in disgrace when word got out that he and his bandmate D were more than good friends. Chauncey is a free spirit, on the brink of forty with a body admired by both men and women. Not into being categorized, Chauncey’s been known to hook up with men and women, but now in the age of the “down low,” he’s found that women ask too many questions, so he’s just focusing on the fellas.

After one too many bad dates, Chauncey finds himself in church, where the minister’s message inspires him to follow his dream of a singing career once again. Although he’s lost touch with D, as he starts writing songs his thoughts inevitably turn to his former lover. Chauncey’s powerful performance at the church earns him a standing ovation and an invitation to participate in an upcoming revival. But Chauncey soon discovers that an ambitious fundamentalist preacher plans to use the revival to speak out against gays and gay marriage. Feeling angry and betrayed, Chauncey and other gay members of the church decide to take a stand against the church’s homophobia by staging a “Day of Absence” when all of the gay members and their friends and family stay home. Everything is going as planned... until D appears on the scene and Chauncey has to confront his past and make some hard decisions about his future.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon O | 2/17/2014

    " I Say A Little Prayer is the second E. Lynn Harris's book I have read. The first being Just As I Am. I know there are many fans of Raymond's series with Just As I Am being the second book in the series. Frankly, I prefer I Say A Little Prayer. I was happy to know that this book was written from only one character's struggle - Chauncey, who has to face the problems associated with a love from his earlier life. This is better compared to Just As I Am, which alternated each chapter with two lead characters. Another thing that makes me prefer this book than Just is that it is less depressing. 'Just' deals with AIDS, and I don't read to feel depressed. However, I find 'Prayer' a little too fast at the end, where the twist in the story is a little too much for me to digest. There is no reason why Damien's wife's past is not known by many, if she is painted to be such. Or even the sudden switch of her wanting to be 'evil'. Although I read only the second book, I would prefer there would be no 'special guest star' from his other books. Lame. Other than that, I found myself looking forward to spending time with the book, eagerly turning the page to find out what would happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Heinrich | 2/14/2014

    " umm, what to say. This book was a little strange. It wasn't bad, but I couldn't relate to any of the characters and their lives seemed a bit unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janee' | 1/30/2014

    " I love novels such as this one. Kept me interested the whole way thru. I was disappointed at the end. I expected a different ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/26/2014

    " fast read, entertaining. prose awkward at times, and often some characters felt a little too "perfect" - too stereotypical or unbelievable. but i see why he is a best seller. feels like cotton candy, this one did. I think I'll try to read "and this too shall pass" next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Britt | 1/22/2014

    " This book had me on edge from beginning to end, I was totally surprised at the ending, a MUST read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/20/2014

    " I had never read an e. Lynn Harris Book...Definitely didn't know what I was missing. He will be missed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Now, if I could just get paid for Reading... | 1/15/2014

    " Again, when reading anything by Mr. Harris you have to be prepared for anything! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skip | 1/11/2014

    " Only on chapter two . . . a little more graphic than I anticipated, but its got my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamyara | 12/27/2013

    " I have read all of E. Lynn Harris novels but this was by far the best novel. His characters where well developed and the plot was well crafted. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Williams | 12/24/2013

    " This book was inapportiate. I thought the book was explaining too much. The story did explain about the gay community, which was nice. It was a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kwain | 12/14/2013

    " This is the 3rd book I've read by E. Lynn Harris, B boy blues, Basketball Jones and I Say a Little Prayer. I Say A Little Prayer is probably my favorite at this point, all though all of his book thus far has been very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Jackson | 12/11/2013

    " Lively book about coming to terms with one's sexuality and one's true dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie Eneh | 9/6/2013

    " E. Lynn has a way with those words...can read this novel over and over...you get the picture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thom | 11/24/2012

    " An interesting look at the crossroads between the black bi/homosexual and the black church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keita Ito | 11/19/2012

    " A good look at the African American gay community in the south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 9/19/2012

    " this book was good i really liked it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phenonemom | 8/22/2012

    " This book was awful. I found it through a Shelfari LGBT novels group, and it was highly rated. It was trite and full of product placement. Yuck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Davidson | 8/13/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. and although E. Lynn is gone from us i still think he was one of the best story tellers of our time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeria | 8/8/2012

    " While I have read several other books from this author, it's been a long time ago, so this was a pleasant surprise. I defintely had a love/hate relationship with the main character, but in the end, I had to root for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 7/27/2012

    " Some of the characters seem a bit too type-cast and the end of the book turned a bit too soap operatic, but it is clear why Harris gained the popularity he did. His affection and empathy for his characters comes through and is contageous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Trotter | 6/22/2012

    " Pulled off the shelf and re-read very well written finished in one night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Burd | 5/4/2012

    " I have read many of his books, this one was good as they all are. It was different, some graphic sex scenes that were just out of place. Overall, a fast moving read with the perfect ending. I will continue to seek out this author, it's a feel good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaRhonda | 12/21/2011

    " Not bad! I loved the Skylar character..He was too funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 8/11/2011

    " I just finished reading this book. I made me laugh a little at certain parts. However it also opened my eyes to how some churchs really are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 5/29/2011

    " This book definitely kept my interest, and I love E. Lynn Harris's style, may he rest in peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana Burton | 3/28/2011

    " This book was only average when compared to other E. Lynn Harris books, but it's a great lazy-afternoon-or-weekend read. If, however, homosexuality conflicts with your spirituality, you might want to stay away from this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kwain | 3/23/2011

    " This is the 3rd book I've read by E. Lynn Harris, B boy blues, Basketball Jones and I Say a Little Prayer. I Say A Little Prayer is probably my favorite at this point, all though all of his book thus far has been very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 8/26/2009

    " Some of the characters seem a bit too type-cast and the end of the book turned a bit too soap operatic, but it is clear why Harris gained the popularity he did. His affection and empathy for his characters comes through and is contageous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeria | 7/17/2009

    " While I have read several other books from this author, it's been a long time ago, so this was a pleasant surprise. I defintely had a love/hate relationship with the main character, but in the end, I had to root for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 7/13/2009

    " I have read many of his books, this one was good as they all are. It was different, some graphic sex scenes that were just out of place. Overall, a fast moving read with the perfect ending. I will continue to seek out this author, it's a feel good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/14/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. and although E. Lynn is gone from us i still think he was one of the best story tellers of our time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 3/11/2009

    " this book was good i really liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/10/2008

    " This book was inapportiate. I thought the book was explaining too much. The story did explain about the gay community, which was nice. It was a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skip | 9/12/2008

    " Only on chapter two . . . a little more graphic than I anticipated, but its got my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 6/24/2008

    " I just finished reading this book. I made me laugh a little at certain parts. However it also opened my eyes to how some churchs really are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aja | 5/4/2008

    " Again, when reading anything by Mr. Harris you have to be prepared for anything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 3/25/2008

    " This book was only average when compared to other E. Lynn Harris books, but it's a great lazy-afternoon-or-weekend read. If, however, homosexuality conflicts with your spirituality, you might want to stay away from this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thom | 8/30/2007

    " An interesting look at the crossroads between the black bi/homosexual and the black church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 8/28/2007

    " Just bought this over the weekend. will start reading soon. will update after reading "

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About the Author
Author E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris (1955–2009) was the author of many novels and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. Many of his novels made the bestseller list of the New York Times and other publications. His numerous awards include the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence and three BlackBoard’s Novel of the Year Awards.

About the Narrator

Peter Francis James is an accomplished actor on both the stage and the screen. His theater credits include roles in On Golden Pond, Much Ado about Nothing, and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. His many film and television credits include Jahfree Neema in Oz, Raymond Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Joe Gould’s Secret, The Guiding Light, Law & Order: SVU, and Third Watch.