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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. Lynn Harris Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Available at last, E. Lynn Harris's beloved first novel in a hardcover edition.

Just a few years ago, E. Lynn Harris was selling his self-published novel Invisible Life out of the back of his car. Today he is a bestselling publishing sensation, with more than one million copies of his four novels sold. To celebrate Harris's incredible success, and offer his fans the opportunity to own, at last, a hardcover version of Invisible Life, Doubleday is proud to announce a special edition of the book so many have cherished.

Invisible Life is the story of a young man's coming of age. 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. No matter how much he tried to suppress them, his feelings were deeply sexual.

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).

Proceeds from the sale of this special fifth anniversary edition will go to the E. Lynn Harris Foundation, a charitable organization that gives young people across the country the opportunity to study writing with established authors, and also aids emerging artists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Critical Acclaim for Invisible Life:
  • Selected in Vibe magazine's Fifth Anniversary Edition as one of its favorite books "on race, gender, and rules you must not live without."
  • A quick, entertaining and thought-provoking read--This is a compelling story that commands and holds the attention until the final page is turned. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Black Americans--have been given a rare opportunity with this book to broaden their understanding of lifestyles like or unlike their own. Mr. Harris has stimulated a dialogue within the African-American community, desperately needed for so long, about the complicated issues of sexuality. Southern Voice
  • Powerful and vividly told--the story is compelling and leaves the reader wanting more. Lambda Book Report

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/24/2014

    " It was very interesting. This book is not for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie | 1/22/2014

    " If you are ready, it is a great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by LaRhonda | 1/18/2014

    " He is the one who truly opened the door to the "downlow" lifestyle and I must always give credit where credit is due. I have so many friends from college that went through sexual identites however what I learn more than anything else is not to judge but to be there for them and continue to be their friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joi Anderson | 1/12/2014

    " This book was good, I liked the topic and I finished the book in a day. I enjoyed the book a lot, but at times it seemed as though the book was simple at times. Sometimes, overly simple. The topic explored in this book should not be taken lightly, and I feel that this is exactly what E. Lynn Harris did. "

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