If This World Were Mine by E. Lynn Harris

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Four friends, all graduates of Hampton Institute, keep a collective journal they call "If This World Were Mine," and share their personal diaries each month at a gathering filled with humor, gossip, and affirmation. The four group members are as different as the seasons, yet they all share a love of one another. Yolanda, a media consultant, keeps it going on with a no-nonsense attitude and independence that are balanced by the theatrics of Riley, a former marketing executive whose marriage has reduced her to a "kept woman with kids." Computer engineer Dwight's anger at the world is offset by the compassion of Leland, a gay psychiatrist whose clients make him question why God ever invented sex.

But after five years, the once-strong bonds of friendship are weakening, and the group must handle challenges of work, lost love, and a stranger in their midst. As the group members confront their true feelings toward each other, resentments and long-held secrets surface, and the stability of the group begins to disintegrate. Is their past friendship strong enough to survive the future?

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 November 28, 2012 by Anchor. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A journal-writing group helps four black college friends see each other through major and minor crises, in Harris's fourth outing (And This Too Shall Pass, 1996, etc.) Yolanda, Riley, Dwight, and Leland, all alumni of the Hampton Institute, gather regularly to read their journal entries an...

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Four near-40 African-American college buddies meet monthly to read from their diaries and make entries into the collective journal they call ''If This World Were Mine.'' Leland, a gay psychiatrist mourning the death of his lover, and Yolanda, who's building a successful media-consulting busi...

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