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Abide with Me Hardcover – March 16, 1999

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The third volume of the Invisible Life trilogy picks up the characters' lives a few years after the conclusion of Just As I Am. Raymond Tyler and his partner, Trent, are living together comfortably in Seattle, until Raymond's nomination for a position as a federal judge brings to light some troubling incidents from their past. Meanwhile, Raymond's former lover, Nicole (now happily married to his best friend, Jared) is starring in a touring company of Dreamgirls, although a sinister understudy is willing to stop at nothing to take the role for herself. And former pro football player Basil Henderson, who's proved himself over the years to be perhaps Harris's most compelling fictional creation, is regularly attending therapy (although it doesn't seem to be helping him deal with either his denial of his bisexuality or his emotionally abusive behavior towards others). While readers unfamiliar with Harris's previous stories will be able to follow the latest plot developments without much trouble, having the first two volumes of the trilogy under your belt is a definite advantage towards knowing where the characters are coming from.

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This last volume of a trilogy continues to follow the cast of African-American characters that Harris introduced in Invisible Life and Just As I Am. In an elaborate plot that intertwines many different strandsAsometimes to confusing effectAthe main characters and many secondary players struggle to come to terms with their love lives (especially in terms of sexual preference), their careers and their families. Raymond Tyler Jr., the Seattle lawyer who has finally established a steady relationship with architect Trent Walters, is offered a federal judgeship. During the FBI clearance investigation, Raymond's past is thrown open to scrutiny, and Trent's, too, and Raymond is not sure that their relationship can endure the strain. Nicole Springer, an aspiring singer and actress from Arkansas who once was involved with Raymond, is now married to his best friend, Jared Stovall. Restless after playing "the little wife" in Atlanta, she is offered the plum role in a Broadway-bound production of DreamgirlsAand opts for the stage. Basil Henderson, "the unforgivingly handsome" bisexual former pro football player who years ago found fleeting peace in bed with Raymond, recounts his raw, mixed-up sexual torment to his analyst. He can't decide if he hates women or truly wants a lasting commitment. Yancey Harrington Braxton, a new addition to the cast and Nicole's understudy in her leading role in Dreamgirls, is an unconvincing mixture of na?vet? and cunning as she harbors plans to betray the unsuspecting star. Each chapter methodically propels the plight of one character after another, though often the many plot strands do not mesh smoothly. While Harris's prose tends toward the simplistic, he is an excellent chronicler of contemporary urban relationships, especially gay ones. Ultimately, the characters' lives are tidied up in too pat a fashion via a heavenly messenger; in this and other aspects, the novel seems hurried and unfinished. Yet Harris's many fans will undoubtedly welcome this fast-paced, entertaining read.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Abide with Me (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (March 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038548657X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385486576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

E. Lynn Harris (1955-2009) is the author of ten previous novels and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. His recent novels Just Too Good to be True, I Say a Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, and Any Way the Wind Blows hit the bestseller lists in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications. He founded the E. Lynn Harris Better Days Foundation, a nonprofit company that provides support to aspiring writers and artists.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AH on May 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I must say that I loved the book, just as I have enjoyed all of the rest. E. Lynn Harris is my favorite authors next to Eric Jerome Dickey and I would read just about anything that he writes. I met him years ago here in Raleigh, NC at the White Rabbit Bookstore and he is one of the most personable people I have ever met; as nice as can be. He has a lot of class and style, and he made me feel as if I had known him for years. Abide With Me satisfied me and I loved the ending; Basil may just meet his match! Basil is a character that everyone loves to hate and I have enjoyed him in every book. I hope the small cliff hanger at the end means that there will be a follow up to this book. Basil truly gave all of your books flavor! It was also good to see where other characters (Trent, Nicole) were with their lives as well. Mr. Harris, keep on doing what you're doing because "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "akwasijulius" on June 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I finished this book without even knowing that is was the conclusion to a trilogy. For me that was good because I easily got into the characters of Raymond, Nicole, Basil and Yancey without the need to read the first two. The story is masterfully told in a way that can be only achieved by Lynn Harris. Even though I found myself at times comparing it with his other book, "And This Too Shall Pass" in terms of suspense and grip factor, I don't think he did a bad job on this book. So if you have read any of his books this will not disappoint you, and if you haven't then pick this one up and you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As many others have stated, I too, have read all of Harris books and could not wait to sink my teeth into something else that he has written. I began reading the trilogy years ago and felt that when I completed those works I had closure. However, in this new novel, I felt incomplete. There are so many unanswered questions and possible scenarios that such an accomplished writer as Mr. Harris had displayed in the past, I am surprised that he can sleep at night leaving his fans hanging like this. What happened to crazy cursing Basil and that backstabbing Yancy? Are they going to jump the broom or will they have drama? Why would you make Nicole so dumb and naïve? She came off in the other works as intelligent well put together sister who had a man that adored her. He made her look simple and gullible. Trent and Raymond do they or do they not make it work? What happens to Peaches and Enoch? Do they keep the store or are they bought out? And, why oh why would you bring back the lovable character Kyle as a ghost. I was what?....disappointed! I truly hope that you will write something else that has REAL closure and not this nonsense to appease your editor. You have developed storylines with real and credible characters as in the first two novels "Invisible Life" & "Just As I Am". Please return to that format...you got to be careful because we all could drop you like we never knew you. You are only as good as your last work. Keep that in mind when you feel the pressure to put out substandard stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Thomas on March 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read Any way the wind blows & Not a day goes by before I read Abide with me. If you happen to come into the series of E. Lynn's books and want more of the scoop on Basil's problems with his past, Raymond's lifestyle, the true 'not-so-divafied' evil side of Yancey and they're mutual friends...then you should start with this one! It'll help you put 'two & two together' on the lives and backgrounds of all of the characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deneen Cottman on November 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read Abide With Me in 2 days...it was the best out of all 5 of his books...it summed up all the characters...I couldn't put the book down...I read it almost all day and all night...Thumbs up for E. Lynn Harris...he outdid himself this time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, it fell right in line with the others, He is just a great writer an I look forward to his next book. I love the suspense and the fact that he left me hanging just means that there is more on the way. Love you E. Lynn!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "susamnyc" on December 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This author's style is impeccable. I read the first three novels with the same results-----I laughed,cried and sympathized with the characters. Next to Edgar Allen Poe, Mr. Harris is my favorite author. My ONLY complaint---I have to wait too long for the next book (2 years) YOU WILL NOT PUT HIS BOOKS DOWN! TRUST ME!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Did someone kidnap Mr. Harris and lock him up in a closet, steal his idenity, and wrote this half written book. Or was Mr. Harris uder extreme pressure to finish this book in a hurry to meet a deadline? Either way I was shocked and disappointed with this effort. Like millions of people, I've read all of Mr. Harris's work. Some I've read twice. The charcters in his previous work I cared for, even cried for. But with Abide, I just could not connect with the characters, even though these were the same characters I connected with in previous books. The storyline with Yancy and Nicole was so predictable and very childish. I found myself doing something I never thought I would have to do with E. Lynn's work, skipping pages to get to the good part. But unfortunaley there were none. I still believe Mr. Harris is a wonderful writer. He is the master of describing things to make the reader feel like he or she is there. But this book just was not good. Please Mr. Harris, take your time with your next book, because you have millions of fans who love your work, like me. We just want the "old" E. Lynn Harris back. The one who had us rushing to the book store or library to get the new editions.
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