I Say a Little Prayer by E. Lynn Harris
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A USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post BestsellerChauncey Greer, the suave and successful owner of the Cute Boy Greeting Card Company, never wants for the attention of guys just as hot as he is. After a couple of bad dates Chauncey finds himself in church, where the minister’s message inspires him to return to the singing career he had launched as a teenager. Things heat up when Chauncey’s rediscovered singing talent lands him in the middle of a protest over homophobia in the black church, and Chauncey’s old singing partner–and former lover–makes a dramatic and unexpected entrance.


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About E. Lynn Harris

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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 four novels, including Invisible Life, Just As I Am, and the New York Times bestsellers And This Too Shall Pass and If This World Were Mine. In 1996, Just As I Am was awarded the Novel of the Year Prize by the Blackboard African-American Bestsellers, Inc. If This World Were Mine was nominated for the 1997 NAACP Image Award and won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence. Harris's column, "For All I Know," debuted in The Advocate in May 1998. He divides his time between Chicago and New York, where he is working on his memoirs.
 
Published August 21, 2007 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Harris’s addictive latest (A Love of My Own, 2003, etc.) manages to capture both the erotic heat and spiritual fervor of Chauncey’s world, as the man is forced to face the choices he has made, and the fact that he has been unable to enjoy a committed relationship since parting with Sweet D.

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A gay author addressing gay themes, Harris has helped bring taboo topics — like closeted black men indulging their sexuality "on the down low" — into mainstream conversation.

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But Chauncey's friends plan to boycott the revival because of the Upchurches' gay-bashing, and Chauncey must decide between his passion for singing and his personal identity-a decision complicated by the reappearance of a figure from his past.

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Chauncey's church, Abundant Joy, is about to sponsor a huge Christian gathering called "Day of Absence," and one of the ministers who will participate is the now-famous Bishop Upchurch, who happens to be a man from Chauncey's past.

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Entertainment Weekly

Chauncey Greer is a successful Atlanta businessman with dreams of reviving the musical career that long ago careened off course when he began an affair with another member of his boy band.

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