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If This World Were Mine

Harris, E. Lynn

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ISBN 10: 0385486553 / ISBN 13: 9780385486552
Published by Doubleday, 1997
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Title: If This World Were Mine

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed Copy

Edition: First Edition / First Printing

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A close circle of friends.  A sexy stranger.  How strong are the bonds of friendship?

With a nine-week stay on the New York Times bestseller list, E. Lynn Harris's third novel, And This Too Shall Pass, put his "sizzling and fast-paced" books at the top of everyone's must-read list.  Readers across the country were thrilled to watch his true-to-life characters wrestle with questions of faith, family, and love.  In his new blockbuster, If This World Were Mine, Harris introduces four new characters whose friendship and deep bonds of intimacy are threatened by conflicts of career and romance.

Friends since their days at Hampton Institute, the four group members are as different as the seasons, yet they all share a love of one another.  Yolanda, a media consultant, keeps it going on with a no-nonsense attitude and independence that are balanced by the theatrics of Riley, a former marketing executive, whose marriage has reduced her to "a kept woman with kids." Computer engineer Dwight's anger at the world is offset by the compassion of Leland, a gay psychiatrist, whose clients make him question why God ever invented sex.  Together, these four friends keep a collective journal they call "If This World Were Mine," and share their personal diaries each month at a gathering filled with humor, gossip, and affirmation.

But after five years, the once-strong bonds of friendship are weakening, and the group must handle challenges of work, lost love, and a stranger in their midst: gray-eyed John Basil Henderson, a former NFL star whose past has begun to haunt him.  As the group members confront their true feelings toward each other, resentments and long-held secrets surface, and the stability of the group begins to disintegrate.  When one of them faces death, the crisis forces the friends to recognize and accept the inner strength that the group has nurtured in each of them.  Is their past friendship strong enough to survive the future? With home training tales from Uncle Doc, Leland's gay uncle and purveyor of Miss Thing's Wings, Chicago's premier chicken emporium, the group reaffirms honesty as the bedrock of their friendship.  As Leland and Yolanda pledge to each other, "I love you.  That's all."


Four former classmates of a prestigious African American college have a "journal club" where, nearly 20 years later, they still meet regularly to talk about what's going on in their lives. Dwight is filled with resentment towards whites, and it's about to raise some serious conflicts at his job. Leland is still coping with the death of his partner, Donald, from AIDS. Riley's afraid that the love's gone out of her marriage, and that she'll never be able to achieve the success as a poet-singer she's dreamed about. And Yolanda... well, Yolanda's just started a romance with former pro football player Basil Henderson, but longtime E. Lynn Harris fans just know where that's going to lead. The multiple first-person narration can be confusing at times, but the convoluted plot does sort itself out neatly in ways sure to entertain Harris's previous fans, as well as anybody who likes Terry McMillan or Gloria Naylor.

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