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Not a Day Goes By

With Not a Day Goes By, E. Lynn Harris's legions of devoted fans will cheer the return of John Basil Henderson and Yancey Harrington Braxton, two of the most fascinating characters from his previous blockbuster, Abide with Me. There's more to Basil than meets the eye. At first glance, he's an attractive, devil-may-care former football player who's carving out a name for himself ...

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Overview

August 2000

Not a Day Goes By

With Not a Day Goes By, E. Lynn Harris's legions of devoted fans will cheer the return of John Basil Henderson and Yancey Harrington Braxton, two of the most fascinating characters from his previous blockbuster, Abide with Me. There's more to Basil than meets the eye. At first glance, he's an attractive, devil-may-care former football player who's carving out a name for himself in the ruthless world of sports agenting. But Basil has a past that's left its scars -- along with a history with women (and a few men) -- until he meets his match in ambitious diva-in-training Yancey Harrington Braxton. Committed to advancing her career in Broadway at any price, Yancey -- who's desperately searching for the adulation she never received from her absent mother -- finds solace not only in her acting career, but also in Basil's arms. When Basil proposes to Yancey (at opening night in Las Vegas, no less), one thing is clear: Their wedding will be one of the most talked-about of the century. Unfortunately, however, it's not for the reasons that both think.

What happens when Yancey, with the help of her suddenly interested mother, discovers the indiscretions of her beloved? In a twist on the old adage, she gets both mad and even. Her past, however, isn't unblemished, and when an old beau arrives with startling news, her carefully planned life is thrust into tumultuous upheaval. As Yancey and Basil's "perfect" love is called into question, they wonder: How can you promise to share the rest of your life with someone you barely even know and can't trust?

Not a Day Goes By is E. Lynn Harris's unforgettable journey into the lives of two extraordinary characters. With his hallmark themes of identity, sexuality, friendship, and family, Harris will thrill and ignite his fans' imaginations as he always has.

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Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction
When former football star John "Basil" Henderson and the up-and-coming Broadway star Yancey Harrington Braxton get together to plan the ultimate power wedding, a little something from the past threatens to undermine their plans in this cautionary tale from best-selling author Harris.
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Following a string of bestselling novels featuring plots that mix romance, deception, betrayal and bisexuality, Harris (If This World Were Mine; Abide with Me) scores again with the much-anticipated return of two of his most popular characters. When John "Basil" Henderson, ex-football player and sports agent on the rise, falls in love with haughty, ambitious Broadway star Yancey Harrington Braxton, it seems like a perfect match. But on the couple's wedding day, which opens the book, the extravagant nuptials are suddenly canceled. The narrative retraces the couple's rocky courtship: Yancey arrives in Basil's life at a critical moment, when his football career is over and he's in therapy examining his bisexual past. He's entranced by gorgeous, stylish Yancey, especially because she looks so good on his arm, but though he feels true admiration and love, Basil also still pines for men. Determined to marry, have children, and keep his homosexual proclivities a secret, Basil doesn't realize that Yancey has a few secrets of her own. Her one true love from her college days reappears, with some scandalous news. When Yancey discovers Basil's "other side," she is horrified--but she quickly concocts a scheme to lay claim to Basil's riches. As usual with Harris, the romance is set within the lavish trappings of the Good Life: upscale vacations, lushly decorated homes, pricey designer duds. Harris has a ball with femme fatale Yancey, who chases film and TV roles with a relentless campaign of lies, party crashing and tantrums. With lean prose and witty dialogue, he brings some new notes, trills and riffs to his familiar song, and his patented knack for a wry, uproarious resolution is in full flower in this sexual War of the Roses. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Has enticing football star John "Basil" Harrington met his match in ambitious Broadway star Yancey Harrington Baxton? Will their power wedding come off? Pick up Harris's latest to find out. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Publishers Weekly
With lean prose and witty dialogue, he brings some new notes, trills and riffs to his familiar song, and his patented knack for a wry, uproarious resolution is in full flower in this sexual War of the Roses.
Salon.com
Not a Day Goes By offers sweet, guilty thrills that leave you longing for more.
Tamara Henry
Harris is in true form in Not a Day Goes By, it's a fun read, especially for new Harris readers…Harris delivers…
USA Today
Austin Foxxe
As with his other novels, Harris grabs his readers' attention on page one and doesn't let go. Not a Day Goes By is the perfect read for a weekend when you want to get away without leaving the house-or your favorite lounge chair.
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“A book that plumbs the depths of love, loyalty and misplaced motives…. Harris is in true form.”–USA Today

“Offers sweet, guilty thrills that leave you longing for more.” –Salon

“E. Lynn Harris…tucks in enough plot twists to keep his readers turning pages late at night.”–The Washington Post Book World

“Harris scores again…. His patented knack for a wry, uproarious resolution is in full flower in this sexual War of the Roses.”–Publishers Weekly

“A love story full of suspense and anticipation.”–Detroit Free Press

“Enough punch to score a KO.”–People

“E. Lynn Harris–the chart-topping author of romance novels about black men–has got it going on…. The secret? Harris’ addictive, Soul Food meets Melrose Place plots, revolving around affluent buppies wrestling with sexual identity, monogamy, and top-flight careers.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385498241
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/18/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Lynn Harris
E. Lynn Harris is a former computer sales executive with IBM and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He self-published Invisible Life, with great success. It went on to become a Blackboard bestseller and a 1996 ABA Blackboard List Outstanding African American Novel Nominee. In 1996, Just As I Am was awarded the Novel of the Year Prize by Blackboard African-American Bestsellers, Inc. If This World Were Mine was a finalist for the 1997 NAACP Image Award and winner of the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence.

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Biography

Jackie Collins has kept the literary romance world well stocked with claws-out, upper-crust melodramas. But until E. Lynn Harris came along, the genre lacked a little ... diversity. Harris brought diversity and then some, with his now-trademark "buppie" characters, questions about sexuality, and hopelessly (but deliciously) complicated relationships.

Written from both male and female points of view and featuring recurring characters, Harris's books can be read as a veritable soap opera. The cycle begins with Invisible Life, the story of Raymond Winston Tyler Jr. -- a character Harris has acknowledged bears many similarities to himself. Raymond grapples with his sexuality, developing a relationship with a man he meets in law school and jeopardizing one with his girlfriend. His coming-of-age continues over the next two novels in the trilogy, Just As I Am and Abide with Me, as he struggles with losses of friends to AIDS, the ending of a relationship with an actress, and the beginning of a new one with a man.

Another recurring Harris character, Basil Henderson, is the man readers love to hate. An arrogant, badass football player-turned-sports agent, Basil beds both women and men until he meets up with his female (and later, male) counterparts. His story is mainly told in Not a Day Goes By and Any Way the Wind Blows.

It's true that in the Basil Henderson books, Harris is taking a saucy cue or two from his female romance novel predecessors; but the author claims to be more heavily influenced by writers such as Maya Angelou and Terry McMillan, and it would be misleading to pigeonhole his books as purely guilty pleasures. Particularly in his earlier books, Harris brought to a mainstream readership the issues that many gay and bisexual men face, and added a new voice to the portrayal of black, upwardly mobile characters. And in books such as If This World Were Mine and the young adult novel Diaries of a Light-Skinned Colored Boy, he has addressed issues of race and self-realization.

Given his themes, it may seem surprising that the majority of Harris's readers are straight women; but it's also a testament to his ability to write about love and self-discovery with humor, not to mention a little steaminess.

Good To Know

Harris worked as a salesman for IBM, and earned a following by self-publishing Invisible Life before getting a book deal.

He was tapped to write the screenplay for an update of the 1976 movie Sparkle, to be produced by Whitney Houston's production company. But with the death of Aaliyah, who was attached to star, the project's future is uncertain.

He lived most of his adult life in Chicago, Illinois.

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    1. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 20, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flint, Michigan
    1. Date of Death:
      July 23, 2009
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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September, 1999

My lady, Yancey, changed my life. Sometimes I think she saved my life. My name is John Basil Henderson and I guess I'm what you call a former bad boy. I was the kind of dude who was getting so much play, I needed to buy condoms by the barrel. About two years ago, all that changed when I met Yancey Harrington Braxton the day before Christmas at Rockefeller Center while skating with my five-year-old nephew, Cade. Yancey walked right up and started a conversation while flirting with both Cade and myself. I loved her confidence. We were both smitten at her first hello. Yancey is, as the young dudes would say, a "dime piece" ... a perfect ten.

When I met Yancey I was in the midst of a pre-midlife crisis. I had just turned thirty-three and my childhood dream of playing pro football was already over. Wasn't shit going right for me. I was actually seeing a shrink, trying to figure out why I had such disdain for both men and women while, at times, being sexually attracted to both. I was spending too much time trying to get even with this mofo, Raymond Tyler who didn't even know how strongly I felt about him. For me, Raymond stood on that thin line between love and hate. There were so many things I liked—no, loved—about him, but I also hated feeling that way toward any man. It just wasn't right.

I had gone to the doctor to face my past—a past that included my sexual molestation by a much beloved uncle. I wrote that no good mofo a letter telling him how he had screwed up my life with his sick ass, but the mofo died before I could mail it. I was surprised at how writing shit down and talking out loud about how I was feelinghelped me. But the good doctor wasn't excited about my relationship with Yancey, and when I disagreed, we parted ways. It wasn't as if he said, "If you continue in the relationship I can no longer see you, Mr. Henderson." I just stopped going and he never called to see if I was okay. I guess he didn't need the money.

There have been times in my life that were so painful that I didn't think I could share them with another living soul, but then that person walks into your life, and you don't know whether to be afraid or feel relief. You don't know whether to be afraid or feel relief. You don't know whether to run or stand still, That was the way I felt about meeting Yancey. When I told her how my father had raised me to believe that my mother was dead, which I later found out was a total lie, Yancey held me tight and I felt her tears on my naked shoulder. At times I feel as though I could tell her anything, and then I remember she is a woman and wouldn't understand some of the things I have been through and done. So, despite my bone-deep love for Yancey, I've kept some secrets about myself she just wouldn't understand.

My love for Yancey hit me hard. I guess that's the way real love works. I love the way she makes me feel like I'm the only man in a roomful of thousands. I love the way other men and women look at us when we walk hand in hand into some of New York's finest restaurants and nightclubs, or during our simple walks through Central Park. I love watching her perform on the Broadway stage and in cabarets, where Yancey charms both owners and patrons. I love the sound of her singing, not only on the stage but in the bathroom, while she sits at her vanity and brushes her hair.

But one of the things I love the most about Yancey is that she reminds me of myself. I guess both of us have taken so much shit from our families that we don't too kindly to outsiders. We are each other's best friend. To the outside world we're the diva and the dawg, but not with each other. Once I took her to Athens, Georgia, for a college football game. After the game we went to a sports bar for beer and chicken wings. The redheaded waitress with colossal breasts was diggin' me. When she served us, ole girl bent down so low I could smell her deodorant. Yancey definitely took note. So when the waitress did one more dip and looked me directly in the eyes and asked, "Can I git anything else for y'all?" Yancey stood up and said, "Yes, you can git them fake titties out of my man's face." That's my Yancey. Another time, shortly after we first started dating and I was still keeping a few freaks on the side, Yancey came over to spend the night. I came out of the shower expecting to see her lying in my bed wearing something sexy but she was fully dressed. When I asked her what was up, she told me, "I don't sleep in no bed where I can smell another woman's perfume or pussy." I got the message.

I had a gig doing sportscasting for a network, and when I became fed up with the way they were treating me, Yancey convinced me that I could do better. As we talked one evening while enjoying a late supper, I realized I wanted a business that combined my love for sports and making money. A couple of weeks later a former teammate called me looking for additional capital to expand his small sports management agency. I hadn't heard from Brison Tucker since the night the two of us went out and got messed up big time after we were both chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. Brison was injured after four years in the league, and had spent several years working in Canada as a scout. A couple of long dinners and months later, I was no longer a talking head at ESPN doing second-rate college games but a partner of XJI (X Jocks Inc.) one of the fastest-growing sports agencies in the country, with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, with over thirty employees. The agency is looking to add another partner and open offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Joining the XJI was the right move at the right time. I had made some decent money with Internet stocks and was looking for another investment. Instead of just handing over money, I joined the firm as a partner. This year alone, XJI has six potential number-one picks in the upcoming NFL draft as well as four NBA lottery picks. I personally signed three of the players. The agency also has a couple of NBA superstars who left their white agents and signed with us, as well as a couple of WNBA players and some track and field hardheads. I love what I do and I've rekindled some old friendships with my partners and made new friends with some of the players I represent. I feel a certain power when I make big-money deals for my clients, especially since the money is coming from wealthy owners who view the players as possessions. If these rich mofos want to play with my players, then I make sure they pay major benjamins.

As for me, myself, and I? We're rollin' like a bowling ball! I recently purchased a penthouse loft on Lafayette Street with twenty-six-foot-high ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces in both the living room and the master bedroom. I got a closetful of finely tailored suits and I could go months without wearing the same pair of draws or socks. Yancey and I take vacations in places like Jamaica, Fisher Island, and Paris whenever New York becomes too much of a grind. I'm doing better than I ever did when I was playing professional football.

Still, the biggest change in my life is the way I feel about women. With the love of Yancey and my sister, Campbell, I have come to view women differently for the very first time. I didn't know I had a sister until two years ago, just before I met Yancey. Turns out my mom had remarried and on her deathbed told Campbell she had a brother. She tracked me down, and suddenly I had two new women in my life. Before, I'd never have let women get that close to me.

In Campbell I see a woman determined to give her son, Cade, and husband, Hewitt, the best she has to offer. Sometimes I just like to watch her with Cade, feeding him french fries or making sure his coat is buttoned up before he goes out into the cold. I love the way she smiles and hugs him whenever he comes into a room, even when he's only been gone for a short time.

There was a time in my life when I had a lot of anger toward women. I put them in two categories: whores and sluts. The only difference is, a whore gives up the sex because she wants something material, whereas a slut just loves the sex. I have been with both, but I didn't like the power pussy had over me. Maybe my anger toward women happened because I grew up without a mother, or because I simply hadn't met the right woman. Now, thanks to Yancey and Campbell, I no longer view them as a resting place for my manhood but a place where I can rest my heart. Now don't get me wrong, I ain't whipped and I'm not ready for the choir robe and halo, I still got my tough-guy-swagger (when needed). The only difference between two years ago and today is I realize that a tough-guy swagger looks just as


From the Audio Cassette (Unabridged) edition.

Copyright 2001 by E. Lynn Harris
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1. Why does Harris reveal the climax of the romance between Basil and Yancey in the very first chapter? How do his descriptions of Basil's and Yancey's behavior set the stage for the story that follows?

2. Is Basil's explanation of why he loves Yancey [p. 8] a convincing expression of what constitutes real love? Does his need to conceal parts of his past undermine the sincerity of his feelings for Yancey? How do his secrets compare to the secrets many lovers choose to keep from one another?

3. "Yancey loved Basil in her own way" [p. 16], Harris writes. How does Yancey's approach to love differ from Basil's? Is the compromise she makes ("It's okay to love, but never too hard, or too much" [pg. 16]) an inevitable outcome of her own upbringing? In what ways are the other things Yancey does "in her own way"--for example, sending autographed pictures rather than attending her high school reunion and refusing to work ordinary jobs to earn money [p. 13]--also a legacy of her childhood?

4. Why does Harris include "Basil's Rules to Keep the Knuckleheads Away from the Family Jewels" [pp. 21-22]? Does Basil take these rules seriously, or is he indulging in a bit of self-parody?

5. Windsor's personality and the life she leads contrast sharply with Yancey's. Are Yancey's reasons for giving Windsor a room only financial, or does Windsor offer other things Yancey wants, either consciously or subconsciously? What incidents show that Yancey needs Windsor more than she admits?

6. Basil describes the evenings he spends with his sister, Campbell, and her family as "a time when I could let my guarddown" [p. 62]. Why is he more comfortable in his role as loving brother and uncle than he is as Yancey's lover or as a partner in the agency? Does his behavior with Campbell and Cade represent the man he really is?

7. What are the implications of Yancey's demand for a part on Sex and the City [p. 67]? Is the media guilty of perpetuating outdated ideas about race? Yancey believes that lighter-skinned African American women have an advantage in society in general and in the theater in particular. Does the way she looks and defines herself [p. 12] play into a prejudice she herself finds offensive?

8. The debate within XJI about hiring an openly gay partner also focuses on a current controversy. Is the upcoming magazine article the only reason Zurich finds it necessary to reveal his sexual orientation? What does Basil hope to accomplish by seeing Zurich alone after the meeting at XJI?

9. Confused about their sexuality, both Milo and Zurich sought help from their ministers, and in both cases, they were advised to get married [pp. 129-30]. Given the teachings of most churches about homosexuality, could their ministers have behaved differently?

10. Beyond the initial shock, how would you characterize Yancey's reaction to Derrick's revelation about their child? After his refusal to marry her, does Derrick's decision about their child represent a further betrayal of Yancey, or was he simply "doing the right thing"? What were his motives in keeping Madison's existence a secret from Yancey for so many years? What are his motives in asking her to become involved now if he doesn't love her?

11. At the beginning of the book, Basil says, "For me, Raymond stood on that thin line between love and hate" [p. 7], yet he asks Raymond to participate in his wedding. What light does his conversation with Raymond [p. 176] shed on Basil's state of mind on the eve of his marriage?

12. Ava's negative influence on Yancey is one of the major threads in the book. Does Ava have any real maternal affection for her daughter? Has she helped Yancey develop any admirable characteristics?

13. Basil and Yancey eventually discover each other's secrets through methods most people would consider highly unethical. Is the end result justified by the method of discovery? Both of them express anger, a sense of hurt and betrayal, and a desire for revenge in response to the information they uncover. Whose reaction do you find more sympathetic and why?

14. Basil's side of the story is told in his own voice, while Yancey's is presented through a third person narrative. How does this affect your impressions of each of them? Does it, perhaps unfairly, make you more sympathetic to Basil? Do you think Yancey's point of view is adequately captured? How might her own narrative differ from the third person account? From Basil's account?

15. If you have read Abide with Me, discuss the ways in which Basil differs from the person he was in that book. Both Basil and Yancey are complicated figures, sometimes arousing the reader's anger and outrage, sometimes eliciting strong feelings of sympathy. To what extent do they create trouble for themselves, and to what extent are they victims of other people, their backgrounds, or society in general? At the end of the book, have your feelings about Basil and Yancey changed from your first impressions? What purpose does the epilogue serve?

16. Harris uses a familiar phrase as his title. What words would complete the phrase to sum up Basil's and Yancey's individual views of the world?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Awesome

    This is my 3rd time reading this book and its a page turner

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Good Read - Nice Setup for the next installation

    It has been years since I first read 'a love of my own' so I was excited to see what trouble Yancey gets herself into. This installation gave good insight into the characters without giving way too much. It seemed more of a teaser novel than a juicy loosie. I ended the book wanting more...that's a good and bad thing. Since I'm not sure of the sequence of the novels I can say that out of the two the first was better. E. Lynn was a great author who inspired me to seek better for myself. I was truly saddened when I found out of his passing.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Absolutely wonderful

    I read the last book in this series first and had to go back and start a the beginning to get to know the characters. I was not diappointed!

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

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    Oh no he didn't!!

    Oh no he didn't is what I was saying at the end of the book about Basil one of the main charecters. This is an interesting read and a page turner. I would suggest this for a book group of E. Lynn Harris fans because there is continuation and I can't wait to see what's next. This will be some good dialoge guaranteed! Basil don't know what he wants a man or woman and I like that there were some characters there to challange him on it. And Yancey is understandable in her diva ways when the book introduces her mother. I would recommend this book and it's staying on my shelf for sure. Only thing I didn't like at the end is how Basil blamed Yancey for what happened. I can't tell you the story, it's so good you'll have to read it for yourself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Brillant Author writting a brillant book

    This book is a must have. I bought the book and along the way lost it. I loved this book so much I couldn't wait to get my hands on others he has written. He is one of my favorites. The passion his characters have and show are real emotions like a real life story. Read it! Read it! Read it! you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    This is the besbook ever.

    I thought that this boo was better then all the other books that I have read this year. I just could not put the book down. I was done reading the book in a day and half. It kept me wanting more. It was really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    Excellent

    I love this book I could not put it down. It is the best book that I have read in years. I love Harris's words and the way that the book is put together. It's so good that my best friend and I are going to start a book club this summer of E.Lynn Harris's books. I'm currently reading Any Way the Wind blows and can't wait to pick up another one of Harris's books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    Alethea, Shared Thoughts BookClub

    E. Lynn Harris has done it again. The story is never-ending and the characters in this particular book were well thought out and interesting. Basil has hit an all time high as the main character and Yancy has a strong, coniving character as well. Definitely will be amonst my list of recommendations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    A Real Page Turner

    This book was by far one of the best books I have read. The author captured my attention by keeping it real. I finished the book in less than 3 hours because I just could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    #1 fan of E.Lynn Harris

    01/01/04,I became a loyal fan after reading 'A Love of my Own',I had to backtrack to get to know Raymond(my favorite character)and Basil.'Not A Day Goes By' was the last....I enjoyed the way Basil's confidence and Raymond's inability to overcome his attraction for him cleverly clash into one another is sooo sexy!Kyle is also one of my favorites....proving that good friends are so hard to find.Please give your adoring fans one more for the road.We hear that my hometown,Memphis,Tn will host a play at The Orpheum,based on the book,'Not A Day Goes By' We Love and support your work here in Memphis,and we look forward to the play...it will definitely be a success!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Basil, Basil, Basil, I love me some Basil!

    I loved this book! Basil is the man. Even if he does switch lanes!! This book kept my interest. It was truely an excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    Hot off the Press!!!!!!!

    My boy has done it again. I was absolutely floored by some of the antics of the characters in the book. If you have never read a E. Lynn book, you have been missing out on something great. Read his past novels, so that you may be introduced to Basil and his devilish ways. Ladies, believe it or not there are some Basil's out there, so beware. Seriously, this book is great pick it up today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    This is so much drama

    The characters in the book showed so much power and confidence that was very profound. What i like most about this book is how harris uses his characters to teach lifes lessons. The main thing i was able to pull from this book was, it is important to be honest with the one you love.Without honesty you can not produce a stable relationship. This was a major page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    Don't Let Another Day Go By.....

    I Loved this book!! I finished it in less than 2 days. I love Basil and I hope he is around forever. And Miss Yancy. She is just a female version of Basil. It was great. I think it was his best since Invisable Life. But I could be partial because I love Basil so much...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2002

    oh my goodness!

    E. Lynn Harris, is the best writer, in the 21st century. His books are related to the time period; and they capivate some of the worlds everyday life. This book was one of his best works of all time. He is an amazing writer. The book revealed images that made me feel like I was watching a broadway play. I could actually see Basil and the description of him made me want to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    not a day goes by

    excellent read...I'm still crazy about Basil

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    A day couldn't go by!!

    I couldn't put this book down, I have read some great fiction, but this was the best. My hat goes off to Mr. Harris for giving the gay community it's first African-American literary hero since James Baldwin.. Thank you!!! Keep the novels coming!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    Shocking.........................

    This book has definetly open my eyes.Even though this novel is not a true story, there are people out there like Basil that really exist and Nancy Braxton. I think that what you don't know will not hurt you and what you do know about the dark will definetly come to light. This book has taught me that there are some scandelous females out there and if you have money, you can pretty much have any thing that you want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Involving and Capturing...

    Tasteful, well written, enjoying, and recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Fills the absence of modern literature based on African American life

    This is a novel of choice because it is written with a sassy modern style that captures the essence of a black couple¿s glamorous and enviable life. These days, a person that has a considerable amount in his of her bank accountant and lives in an up scale New York City penthouse is simply assumed to be white. However, Not A Day Goes By, written by E. Lynn Harris, is a romance that bridges the gap between the two extreme lifestyles and races. Yancey Harrington Braxton is a broad way diva, living the life that every little girl dreams of. Constantly switching things around in her life, Yancey is unsettled until she meets the man of her own dreams, John ¿Basil¿ Henderson. They fall in love, with his laid back attitude complimenting her uneasy era. They have one commonality; each of them grew up almost orphans, with no parental love, guidance or concern. Until one day when Yancey¿s mother, Ana, returns to her life with no notice. Yancey is taken aback by her presence, and it disturbs the relationship with Basil that she has come to depend on. As the book progresses, Ana makes her daughter more and more corrupt, until finally Yancey reaches into evil depths and puts the finishing touches on destroying her relationship with Basil. Many lessons can be learned from this novel. One of which is to never let anyone stand in your way, especially if that person has no value to you. Just as Ana broke up the relationship between Basil and Yancey, she also broke up Yancey¿s life. The third reason why this book is worth reading is because it just plain good. The plot is fully developed, and the characters are unique. The twist on this novel is that the ending is presented in the first chapter, as if the author simply moved the last chapter to the front. While you may ask, ¿Then why continue reading?¿ the answer is that you¿ve already been pulled in. Attracted to the writing style and the story itself, this book classifies itself as a page- turner. Besides, everybody could use a little taste of African American life in the 21st century.

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