What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

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by E. Lynn Harris
     
 

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For almost a decade, beloved storyteller E. Lynn Harris has welcomed you into his family with his passionate, warm and trail-blazing novels. Now, he invites you into the most intimate world ever--his own.

Since his first book Invisible Life was published in the early 1990s, New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn Harris has wowed, charmed and

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For almost a decade, beloved storyteller E. Lynn Harris has welcomed you into his family with his passionate, warm and trail-blazing novels. Now, he invites you into the most intimate world ever--his own.

Since his first book Invisible Life was published in the early 1990s, New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn Harris has wowed, charmed and romanced millions of readers. As a master storyteller, E. Lynn Harris has created an intimate and glamorous world centered around his signature themes of love, friendship and family. People all over the world have fallen in love with his characters and laughed and cried with them.

Now, in his most daring act yet, E. Lynn Harris writes the memoir of his life–from his childhood in Arkansas as a closeted gay boy through his struggling days as a self-published author to his rise as a New York Times bestselling author. In What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, E. Lynn Harris shares an extraordinary life touched by loneliness and depression, but more important, he reveals the triumphant life of a small-town dreamer who was able through writing to make his dreams–and more–come true.

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Publishers Weekly
Widely known for his sexy, urban African-American novels (A Love of My Own, etc.), Harris now reveals the inspiring story of his own life. Harris's smooth, Southern accent and conversational tone immediately put listeners at ease, and the heartfelt, unpretentious candor of his narration more than makes up for any details lost in the abridged audio translation. Convinced he would die "one of the brokenhearted," Harris recalls his struggles with his abusive father, his 1990 suicide attempt, his battle with depression and his first gay relationship. Though much of the memoir focuses on the difficulties he faces growing up poor in a small town and of a race that largely considered his homosexuality "inappropriate," the author's underlying message-that you can triumph through perseverance-is universal. Harris leavens his narrative with humorous anecdotes, including a particularly funny reminiscence of his first days at IBM, where he wore shiny suits from Sears, gold chains and sported the "world's largest Afro." Hearing Harris explain how he moved beyond his self-hatred and self-doubt to become the happy, successful author he is today should motivate listeners to make their own "happy endings." Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Forecasts, June 16). (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
Now fans can stop wondering what the E. in E. Lynn Harris' name stands for. The author puts that and a number of other questions to rest in this memoir. As the title implies, growing up was painful for Harris. Born Everette Lynn Harris in 1955, he grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he lived with his mother, the man he thought was his father, and his younger sisters. At an early age Harris believed he was different. The physical and verbal abuse imposed on him by his stepfather helped to reinforce these negative feelings. Before long, Harris had developed a serious self-esteem problem that would follow him throughout his teen years and lead him to severe depression and alcohol abuse during adulthood. Deeply religious, Harris turned to prayer, repeatedly asking God to rid him of the one thing that contributed to his unstable condition: his attraction to men. For years, Harris lied not only about his sexuality but also about his family background and financial circumstances. The deceit, coupled with his repeated attempts to find a partner who truly loved him, left Harris at an all-time low at the end of the 1980s. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville graduate was virtually homeless and jobless. Several close friends had contracted AIDS and died, leaving Harris even more distraught. After therapy and at the advice of a close friend, he decided to write a story that he hoped would free him. That story became his first novel, which he titled Invisible Life and self-published. Since then, several others have followed and received attention and acclaim. This heartfelt memoir of how an African American ex-IBM executive became a best-selling novelist makes a solemn but inspiringtale for mature readers. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Random House, Anchor, 266p., Ages 15 to adult.
—KaaVonia Hinton
From the Publisher
“The story of how [Harris] overcame the demons of his past is inspirational.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Emotional, heart-pulling . . .an in-depth look into the real world of E. Lynn Harris.” —QBR, The Black Book Review

“Has all the dramatic elelments of a compelling work of fiction. . . . And Harris shares the positive experiences that have helped him become . . . proud, successful, happy.” —The Advocate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385502641
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/08/2003
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.53(h) x 1.04(d)

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Now, in his most daring act yet, E. Lynn Harris writes the memoir of his life--from his childhood in Arkansas as a closeted gay boy through his struggling days as a self-published author to his rise as a New York Times bestselling author. In WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED, E. Lynn Harris shares with readers an extraordinary life touched by loneliness and depression, but more importantly, he reveals the triumphant life of a small-town dreamer who was able through writing to make his dreams--and more--come true.
From the Hardcover edition.

Author Biography:

Meet the Author

E. LYNN HARRIS is a former IBM computer sales executive and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is the author of eight novels: A Love of My Own, Any Way the Wind Blows, Not a Day Goes By, Abide with Me, If This World Were Mine, This Too Shall Pass, Just As I Am, and Invisible Life. In 1996 and 2002, Just As I Am and Any Way the Wind Blows were both named Novel of the Year by the Blackboard African American Bestsellers, Inc. If This World Were Mine won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence. In 2000 and 2001 Harris was named one of the fifty-five “Most Intriguing African Americans” by Ebony and inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. In 2002, Harris was included in Savoy magazine’s “100 Leaders and Heroes in Black America.” Harris divides his time between New York City and Atlanta, Georgia.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois
Date of Birth:
June 20, 1955
Date of Death:
July 23, 2009
Place of Birth:
Flint, Michigan
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.A. in journalism, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1977
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/elynnharris/home.html

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quincy_28 More than 1 year ago
This book and "Invisible Life" are my favorite E Lynn Harris books. I just love him. I could totally relate to this book. I cried while I was reading it because I could definitely relate to what he was saying. I love good books that deal with life!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have become silent. <br> Quiet <br> Observant<br> Thinking.<br> But i have also become deafening<br> With passion <br> Deft words <br> And sheer wit. <br> I have become trusting <br> Yet untrusting. <br> Smart <br> Yet have forsaken knowledge. <br> And truthful <br> Behind a veil of lies. <br> I have become greater than i was <br> But i am still insignificant. <br> I have become stronger than i was <br> But maybe not in a good way. <br> I have become wiser than i was <br> But before wisdom comes mistakes. <br> I have been changed <br> And i can never go back <br> But i like what i have become. <br>
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a reader but after reading. Invisable Life...I was attracted to E. Lynn Harris's writing style. I read the book like 3 years ago. I always wanted to read this book but never took out the time. I am only on day 3 of reading the book and I am almost finished. From the beginning of the book up until where I am at now, the book is POWERFUL!! I felt as if I was reading a story about my life. Thanks to E. Lynn Harris and see myself in a differnt way. That I can too overcome all that I have been through and that my dreams can come true if I focus on what's important. I learned so much from the book that I will use on a daily basis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently completed What Becomes of...and I was delighted by the book. It was E.Lynn 'normal' style, but that's what made it so refreshing and very informative also. E.Lynn really opened up and allowed us his fans and friends to see the substance of who he truly was and is. The journey's he lead us on were painful to read at times and made me question life lessons
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of E. Lynn Harris for quite some time. I love his books. They capture you and won't let you go until the end and at the end you still want more. I haven't read his auto-biography yet but I'm sure its just as beautiful as his fiction works. I'm excited about this one and I hope to get it soon. I'm looking out for his next book. I can't wait for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had this book for over a year but was reluctant to read it. I decided to pick it up Saturday morning to see if I could get into it. It was excellent I finished at 10pm that same nite. It allowed me to experience my two most expressive emotions. There were parts I laughed out loud ( my family kept asking what's so funny) and I cried. Mr. Harris truly has tapped into to his GOD given talent. Bravo on another job extremely well done!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a gay man is hard enough, but being an African-American Gay man is definitely harder. I can definitely identify E. Lynn as he told his life story. It touched me in ways I never thought I would be touched. I definitely suggest that you pick up this book!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first novel by Mr. Harris and I was indeed enriched by his poise and his explanation of being poor, black and misunderstood. He has given me a much better appreciation for fine writing. I admire his not being afraid to tell the truth. I will be an 'eternal fan'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out as I do not wait for paperbacks from certain writes. I have read all of Mr. Harris' books and enjoy each and everyone better that the last. I was especially interested in this one because it helped me put some of the perspectives and characters in place that were in his other books. Know I don't have to speculate. I loved this book. As always, I'm waiting for his next release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
E. Lynn definitely is an extradionary writer, and I could not put this book down once I started reading it
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first sentence I was hooked. He went through so much pain and anguish just to be able to fit in I commend him for being able to tell his life story to the world. Everyone should read this book as well as his other books
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought anyone could endure so much pain and survive. E.Lynn writes so well that you acutally feel what he feels and you have been where he has been.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it's great the E. Lynn is able to continue on the path to healing by revealing those things that are expected to be kept in secret. I wish him continued success in his literary career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a reader of e. lynn harris novels and side projects, this was a let down, a book that i felt like i forced myself to finish, unlike his novels where you can't wait to put the book down, this i did, sad to say, for i heard my harris read an excerpt of the biography in in early conception, that chapter read at the time had life and seize on a reader(myself) to want to hear more, while reading the book that magic was gone. mr. harris needs to go back to the blueprint of his first 3 books where he caught my eyes up til now. what becomes of a jaded writer whose success may have spilled ink on their creativity eg. terry mcmillian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Opens closed eyes, should make people not be so judgemental. Go E. Lynn
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that people can really relate too. I felt myself being PULLED into his past, present and Future. It is Great Therapy for people who are going through something almost identical to what went on in his life. I LOVED IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very incisive and detailed you view an honest person. I truly felt his years growing up as a black child in Arkansas showed us his triumphs and allows us to fully appreciate his struggles. This book display his classic writing technique of starting at the end, also consisting of timely storyline that never allows to get tired of reading. This book has truly made me a fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MR.HARRIS IS AN OUTSTANDING AUTHOR,HE PAINTS THE PICTURE WELL! HIS BOOKS ENLIGHTEN YOU,AND CAUSE YOU TO REFLECT AND TAKE NOTICE OF PEOPLE IN THE SAME SITUATIONS AROUND YOU. IN REGARDS TO THE NOVEL (WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED), IT SPEAKS LOUDLY ABOUT THE AUTHOR, AS NO BOOK HAS DONE BEFORE. IN ALL OF HIS BOOKS, HE HAS REVEALED BITS AND PEICES OF HIMSELF. I AM THANKFUL TO HAVE READ THE CURRENT NOVEL, AND TO SEE HIM COME TO TERMS WITH HIMSELF. EVEN THOUGH,MR.HARRIS IS SUCCESSFUL IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE WORD,HE HAS CONTINUED TO BE CONSUMED BY LOW SELF ESTEEM,PAST SUFFERINGS, AND HAS CONTINUED TO FALL INTO THE SAME TYPE OF RELATIONSHIPS. HE HAS BEEN CONSUMED WITH LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. NOW THAT HE HAS OPENED UP HIS LIFE IN LIVING COLOR, I PRAY THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND PEACE AND FIND THE LOVE THAT HE'S BEEN SEARCHING FOR ALL HIS LIFE. THE LOVE THAT CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN THE WATER OF THE WORD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From his first book he opened my eyes to what I know today is known as 'Keep It On The Down Low'. I would've never thought businessmen and professional sports figures would indulge the way he describes characters in his books. Then, for him to tell his own story about his disappointments and his triumphs brings it all into full view that he understands the lives of those he's written about because in one form or another he's been there. I have a gay brother and never understood why, but after reading this book I was more in tune to what my brother must be going through. Thus, I'm trying to re-establish that bond we had as younger siblings. It takes a real man to 'Keep It Real' and to put it in a language we all can understand. Thanks Mr. Harris for expanding my thought process.
Guest More than 1 year ago
because it was the life of one of my most enjoyable author E. Lynn Harris. I was so use to reading his fiction books and I knew this was about his life, not sure of what it would be about, and if I wanted to feel his pain when I read his life story. I just have to say, like all his other books it's one of the BEST!!! I'm not yet finished with this book, but I can tell you how I feel about it. I love and enjoy all his books. Please don't stop writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly have had a inspiring treat and now I understand and appreciate 'Angels in our Lives' because we don't know when time will pass but love remains in the soul. Thank you for helping me at a difficult time of losing a very dear friend and understanding that he was more than a friend, he was apart of my soul. I love this masterpiece and I will be waiting for the next blessing. Thanks, Lisa