Just As I Am

  • by E. Lynn Harris
  • Narrated by Michael Boatman, Brenda Braxton
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Just As I Am, 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 listener, to look at themselves and the world around them 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes, whether between men and women or men and men, are always touching." (San Francisco Chronichle)

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Customer Reviews

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Remarkable insight into gay relationships

This book caught my attention because of the first book I read leading into this story.
It was a sad and touching read but also an eye opener to how ignorant we can be without even realising.
Our unintentional and intentional actions are important and we should learn to be more aware of this.

The story line was a little less captivating but nevertheless I I have grown to love the characters and I cannot wait to read the third book.

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- caroline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-06-2000
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio