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Publisher's Summary

E. Lynn Harris' blend of rich, romantic storytelling and controversial contemporary issues like race and bisexuality have found an enthusiastic and diverse audience across America. His second novel, Just As I Am, picks up where Invisible Life left off, introducing Harris' 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, which will warm the hearts of listeners everywhere.

©2000 E. Lynn Harris (P)2010 Random House

Critic Reviews

"Just As I Am more than delivers on the promise of Invisible Life. Harris gives his readers a refreshing view of African-American achievement, a touching characterization of a man living with AIDS, and a sensitive depiction of gay/straight friendships that is much to be hoped for in the world outside the book's pages." (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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Beyond Amazing

I might be biased as I am an African American, gay male but this book (and the first in this series) is beyond amazing. I've read the actual book and listened to this reading several times. Each time it's like reading it for the first time.

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EXCELLENT

Held my selective short-spanned attention. Great narrators, great story, great characters, great insight into different lives. Missed the first book but definitely looking forward to the book that follows. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Thank you!

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great story

I enjoyed the story and performance. the voice actors were excellent. I highly recommend this audio book.

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This one is VERY well thought out!

As in Invisible Life, I thoroughly ENJOYED the characters' lives INCLUDING the feeling of being a "fly on the wall" taking in EVERY moment they shared. I liked the narration.
NOW...what I did NOT enjoy is the fact that it didn't hold my attention as Invisible Life did. I had to go back & listen to the chapters I left off at; I would ALSO restart this book @ least twice. OVERALL it is a good read.

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Great read

this was a great follow up novel to invisible life! can't wait to read the next one

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Love Love Love

This story reminded me of the importance of love and friends. Listening to my heart again

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Touched!!!

I truly don’t now how this man got to see into my soul, BUT he did. I loved this book before I heard it. I laughed and cried and finished sentences. I screamed and gagged a few times also. Awesome just awesome was this book and performance.

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Excellently executed!

Facebook should be a stable in the black queer community. Amazing story that is deeply rooted in just love.

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wonderful

I really love these types of books. Harris is a wonderful writer and definitely knows how to keep readers interested.

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As good as I remembered

I couldn't remember if I had read this book before back in the day but after a few chapters it started coming back to me. At least the familiar good story telling from E. Lynn Harris.