Abide with Me

E. Lynn Harris, Author
E. Lynn Harris, Author Random House Audio $25 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-52552-6
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
Hardcover - 368 pages - 978-0-385-48657-6
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-0-385-48658-3
Book - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-5350-1
Hardcover - 511 pages - 978-0-7862-5062-2
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-307-91396-8
Open Ebook - 231 pages - 978-0-307-83176-7
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In the conclusion of his trilogy that began with the novels Invisible Life and Just As I Am, Harris continues to demonstrate his inarguable skills as a master storyteller. He recounts the triumphs and travails of Raymond Winston Tyler Jr., a bisexual African-American attorney, whose lovers, friends and family both enrich and ensnarl his life. Raymond, at 37, has just been nominated for a federal judgeship. His parents are elated. His boyfriend is proud. But the necessary background checks may raise some squeamish issues surrounding his sexuality. The events unfold like a serial soap opera, a series of artfully constructed vignettes that always convey a strong sense of setting and are driven by emotionally charged dialogue. It's these qualities that make Harris's work so nimble as spoken audio: his writing comes across as almost scripted. His characters, such as the sexually conflicted pro football star John ""Basil"" Henderson (who is portrayed through a series of sessions with his therapist), are also highly appealing. Harris clearly knows how to work the heartstrings of his audience. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover. (Mar.)
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