Just as I Am

Just as I Am

E. Lynn Harris's blend of rich, romantic storytelling and controversial contemporary issues like race and bisexuality have found an enthusiastic and diverse audience across America. Readers celebrate the arrival in paperback of his second novel, "Just As I Am," which picks up where "Invisible Life" left off, introducing Harris's appealing and authentic characters to a new set of joys, conflicts, and choices. Raymond, a young black lawyer from the South, struggles to come to terms with his sexuality and with the grim reality of AIDS. Nicole, an aspiring singer/actress, experiences frustration in both her career and in her attempts to find a genuine love relationship. Both characters share an eclectic group of friends who challenge them, and the reader, to look at themselves and the world around thern through different eyes. By portraying Nicole's and Raymond's joys, as well as their pain, Harris never ceases to remind us that life, like love, is about self-acceptance. In this vivid portrait of contemporary black life, with all its pressures and the complications of bisexuality, AIDS, and racism, Harris confirms a faith in the power of love -- love of all kinds -- to thrill and to heal, which will warm the hearts of readers everywhere. "From the Trade Paperback edition."

Title:Just as I Am
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385469692
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    Just as I Am Reviews

  • Winter Sophia Rose

    Compelling, Uplifting & Inspirational! A Powerful Read! I Loved It!...

  • Diana

    I have read this book countless times but something made me read it again and I'm glad I did! The characters in this book represent many issues that Lesbians and Gay people have to deal with now... An...

  • Monique

    Liked this book alot more than my first E.Lynn Harris find..this book continued the last story with Raymond the confused bisexual main character and his love interests and this time the book tried to ...

  • Nikinnia Smith

    WOW!!!!! Is the first word that comes to mind when describing this book. I read it in one sitting. Raymond Tyler is a bisexual man who was once on the down low(in the closest). His girlfriend, Nicole ...

  • V Dixon

    This was the book that made me want to read E. Lynn Harris' work. Most people will see this as a book about AIDS but it is so much more. It is about relationships simple, complicated, kind and true. I...

  • Kenya Wright

    I read this long ago. This is one of the best African American M/M series ever!At the time, it was pretty much the first....

  • Jay DeMoir

    Not really here for Nicole's POV chapters. I wish E. Lynn would've just kept it just from Raymond's POV alone. Nicole really worked my nerves the entire novel, but I guess that's part of the magic of ...

  • Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~

    Dry, bland writing, and riddled with cliches even I could spot when I read this back when I was young and naive. ...

  • Mathis Bailey

    I read this book a long time ago and decided to reread it since I'm a lot older. It took me longer to finish Just As I Am the second time around given that there isn't much driving the story forward. ...

  • Rosemary

    This was a good read. It made me want to read more of his books....