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Invisible Life (True First Edition)

E. Lynn Harris

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ISBN 10: 0963179101 / ISBN 13: 9780963179104
Published by Consortium (Atlanta), 1991
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Atlant, GA: Consortium Press, 1991. First edition, first printing. Paperback original. The author's first book, self-published book. A novel involving bisexuality, AIDS, and contemporary black-American life. The book was later re-issued By Doubleday/Anchor after the author became incredibly popular. This is a fine unread copy, with the corners on the back side just slightly soft. Otherwise, as new and fresh. Unknown how many copies were printed, but probably very few. (Ferry). Bookseller Inventory # lh1

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Title: Invisible Life (True First Edition)

Publisher: Consortium (Atlanta)

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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The re-issue of a remarkable first novel by a young, gay, black author who fashioned a deeply moving and compelling coming of age story out of the highly controversial issues of bisexuality and AIDS.

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.

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 eventually force Raymond, at last, to face the truth.


E. Lynn Harris's track record as a bestselling novelist began here, with the story of Raymond Tyler, who, after years of questioning his sexual identity, finds himself torn between a married male lover and Nicole, the talented actress with whom he imagines himself able to spend the rest of his life. With a rich cast of supporting characters and emotionally wrenching plot twists, this debut proved popular enough in a self-published edition to catch the attention of Doubleday, which bought the rights to Invisible Life and has published each of Harris's four subsequent novels, including two sequels, Just As I Am and Abide with Me.

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