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Summary

The remarkable first novel by a young, gay, Black author who fashioned a deeply moving and compelling coming-of-age story out of the 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 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). 

©1994 E. Lynn Harris (P)2009 Random House

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"One of our favorite books on race, gender, and rules that you must not live without." ( Vibe)

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  • Trevon
  • 27-05-14

Amazing!!!

What made the experience of listening to Invisible Life the most enjoyable?

I have read this book SOOOO many times but hearinig it read was awesome. It brought the book even more to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Invisible Life?

Kelvin and Ray's first kiss was the most memorable of the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Kelvin an Ray's first kiss will always be my favorite scene.

Any additional comments?

This book helped me to feel perfectly fine about being openly gay and comfortable in my own skin.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

I've always loved this book

I first read it in high school when at the time I was finding out about my sexuality. thank u for letting a small town girl know she is not alone in the world. but I love the paper back more lol

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  • Tamika Wright
  • 31-08-19

Powerful read

A good friend recommended this book and it didn’t disappoint. Not having read many books that I found I could identify with I completely blown away with how the bisexual characters were so authentically real.
Being able to see how men and women struggled and still struggle with trying to “show face” in mainstream life.
Well done.

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  • John
  • 22-05-19

Just as good the second time around

I read this in the 90s when it was first released and listening to the story on Audible was just as captivating. E Lynn Harris was an amazing author and is missed tremendously.

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  • Talya Straughter
  • 30-06-21

Great story

What a beautifully written story about how Raymond navigated the world. It was told in a manner that honored the community that Mr. Harris represented.

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  • Kemone Fielder
  • 11-12-20

this book is everything

love love love this book, the story telling was spectacular, this entire series is a treasure for sure 👍

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  • albert Ruffin
  • 31-01-19

Great book

great book ..I loved the story line so much ..thanks for writing this book E. Lynn Harris, Mirren Willis

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  • Woodrow Bristow
  • 13-07-18

What a great book.

This book is a great book. This book is an inspiring a life change experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-17

This was do good.

I read this back in the 90's. it's as good now as it was then.

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  • Asia
  • 27-06-17

bravo

I cant express my gratitude for your work sufficiently. This is a fantastic read!!!