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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: August 2009 ISBN: 9780739377260
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 1/11/2014

    " This book changed my life. It opened my eyes to things I just didn't realize or knew existed. It changed my whole outlook on college & the football team. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/7/2014

    " This was a quick easy read...but not your average love story. I am not one to give a away an ending but I will say...if you are looking for the happily-ever-after-fairy-tale ending this is not the book for you. Once I started the book I didnt want to put it down even though the main character pissed me off more than once...Only to realize that the story's time frame is what played the ultimate role in his actions and beliefs. I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy and hopefully this character is touched upon for I dont think his story is finished... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Washington | 12/29/2013

    " This was the first book on this series. Love this author, love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerrika | 12/21/2013

    " It was a good book. Interesting subject matter, but some of the loose ends were tied up too quickly at the end of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. Mark | 12/20/2013

    " I was very moved emotionally by this book. I bought into and cared for the charactors. An excellent book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mercedes | 11/3/2013

    " First E. Lynn Harris book ever read! Fell in love with the author and has been one of absolute favorites ever since. I love his ability to make stores jump from the page and he offers that chance for you to reflect on your own life with his sincere characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 10/13/2013

    " very disappointing actually. worth reading though just to see a different point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 9/21/2013

    " This one started it all for me in terms of my on current works "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/22/2013

    " My first intro into gay life as a young adult and I thought the writing was true to form. I must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Homero Arceyut | 7/4/2013

    " First novel I ever read about bisexuality and/or homosexuality. It's an easy read, and -although a novel- a very tastefully written, and at times it seems, an isightful look at that culture too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/13/2013

    " This is an interesting read, although it was forced upon me. I say try the first few pages. It is the story of a man trying to understand and acknowledge his place in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Auntie | 3/14/2013

    " interesting because i guess I never thought about a gay black culture "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Wilson | 9/3/2012

    " E. Lynn Harris wrote with passion and told wonderfully true and moving stories. This is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 5/28/2012

    " first read it in the late 80s/early 90s and just read it again. still a good read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Diamond | 4/10/2012

    " riveting and awesome...finally African American Authors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario Desean | 9/12/2011

    " E Lynn harris's debut book and one of his best works to date "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana Burton | 8/21/2011

    " OMG, this book is sooo good, but beware-- it will leave you thinking that every man you ever dated in on the "down-low." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shida | 6/23/2011

    " This was a easy read and ended with a little twist!Good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 6/11/2011

    " This book helped change my views about homosexuality....in 1996. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/17/2011

    " My first intro into gay life as a young adult and I thought the writing was true to form. I must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/16/2011

    " The first book I ever read by E. Lynn Harris. Also the first book I've read about gay characters. First time I read a book and saw myself. This book will always hold a special place with me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosiland | 4/13/2011

    " It was a great book. I read it in like two nights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Author G D | 4/7/2011

    " This book changed my life, and helped me define who I am. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 3/17/2011

    " I love this book. Mr. Harris will truly be missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marshae | 12/19/2010

    " E. LYNN HARRIS WAS THE VERY 1ST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AUTHOR THAT STARTED MY BOOK COLLECTION. HE GAVE ME THE START AND THE LOVE I HAVE FOR READING TODAY!! 2OYRS LATER AND COUNTING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheree | 11/29/2010

    " The beginning are a great series of books. This book made we want more great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shida | 11/29/2010

    " This was a easy read and ended with a little twist!Good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/9/2010

    " E. Lynn Harris wrote with passion and told wonderfully true and moving stories. This is one of my favorites. "

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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

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.