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In My Father's House, 2011, by the late E. Lynn Harris. Every time I re-read one of E. Lynn Harris's books I sigh with regret that this great storyteller is gone from this world. He was and will always be one of my favourite authors. His genre, gay men's fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I don't care. (I really don't like to categorize his work that way but that's how most book retailers do it.) Beauty in words is all that matters to me. I also don't care because not only was he a great writer but to me gay relationships are just relationships like all other human beings have. Love, companionship, loyalty, respect. Things that most of us want and/or need.

In My Father's House has some graphic sex scenes that I could have done without but that goes with any other author. Yes, sex happens but I don't need the details. That's just me, nuff said about that.

In My Father's House follows the life of main character Bentley Dean as he breaks away from a privileged life in Michigan, to struggling and building his own identity and life in hot & steamy Miami, Florida.

Bentley Dean's life was planned out for him. From whom he should marry. To where he would attend school. To Bentley eventually working in some capacity in the family business. As he and his family learn, life doesn't always work out according to plan.

Bentley's father does not approve of his only son being gay & choosing to live his truth. So Bentley leaves to start fresh. Breaking off ties and going into the unknown. Discovering who he is and what he needs to do to make a new and different life for himself.

I give In My Father's House A Novel 4.5/5.

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Anyone else a fan of E. Lynn Harris's work?

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Till next time,

Nadia

If your celebrating Halloween today/tonight, have a safe and fun time!

Face painting & cookie decorating at the local garden centre.

This month I've chosen one of my favourite authors of all, E. Lynn Harris. Unfortunately he passed away in 2009 from heart disease at the age of 54, while promoting his latest book at the time, 'Basketball Jones'. When I heard about his passing I was truly devastated. Personally it's hard to find authors who's books are page turners. The kind where you know you should go to bed and when you look at the clock it's 3 am. E. Lynn Harris's books are often listed under gay men's fiction, not a choice category title as far as I'm concerned but people usually feel comfortable with categories. To me he was just an amazing story teller.

In 'And This Too Shall Pass' (1996, Doubleday) we meet Zurich Robinson an up and coming rookie football player coming to terms with his sexuality, in his own way and how it fits in with his budding career as a sports star. Zurich was an athlete his whole life, so he knows the pressure of fitting into that typical macho, overly sexual stereotype of the male athlete.  Can the public handle having an openly gay sports star? He also has to come to terms with the effect that it may have with his family and friends.

E. Lynn Harris like his other stories also touches on how religion can affect how they deal with their homosexuality. Can you believe in God, be spiritual and still be true to who you are? A question that people in real life deal with everyday.

Click here to see the video 'A Loving Tribute To E. Lynn Harris'.

If you are already an E. Lynn Harris fan, what are your favourite books from him? If not, go to your local library and borrow a few of his books.
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Note: Tomorrow, November 1st, will be my second attempt participating in the NaNoWriMo writing contest. Is anyone else participating? Is this your first attempt or have you participated before?

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Till next time,

Nadia