By E. Lynn Harris

During this hotly expected end to his renowned Invisible Life trilogy, E. Lynn Harris supplies a masterful story that strains the evolving lives of his cherished characters Nicole Springer and Raymond Tyler, Jr., and reintroduces readers to their respective enthusiasts, top buddies, and capability enemies.  Abide with Me strikes among the worlds of latest York urban, the place Nicole has lately settled on the way to pursue her dream of returning to the Broadway level, and Seattle, the place a late-night mobile name from a U.S. Senator is ready to alter Raymond's existence dramatically.  Relationships and goals are proven as Harris deftly courses us towards this exciting novel's conclusion.

Sexy and heartwarming in equivalent degree, Abide with Me will thrill new readers in addition to enthusiasts already accustomed to Harris's special tackle the common issues of affection, friendship, and family.  E. Lynn Harris has actually performed it back.

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In his book reviews, he often described black Americans as a nation within a nation, one in which blacks needed some form of united identity, a collective consciousness. This collective consciousness could be nurtured through a national literature, instilling in the black reader not only a race consciousness, but also an awareness of class, thus rallying the working class, of all nationalities, against the bourgeoisie, black and white. Ellison was drawing upon the “black belt thesis,” one of the platforms proposed by the Communist party as it worked among national minorities.

One of the book’s major themes is the unnamed protagonist’s search for identity. The protagonist hopes to become like the residents of the Men’s House, who carry the Wall Street Journal in one neatly manicured and gloved hand while whipping a tightly rolled umbrella back and forth with the other. The unnamed narrator’s association with the Brotherhood toward the end of the novel makes him aware of his double consciousness, viewing himself as an “old self ” and a “new self ” competing for control.

Ellison had come to reject Wright’s theory of naturalism as well as his Marxist ideology. Instead, he turned toward a reality opposite to Wright’s, one where social determinism was not the focus. His work would include conscious, self-examining characters unencumbered by the limitations of social determinism. In , Ellison went to a friend’s farm in Waitsfield, Vermont, after having taken a sick leave from the merchant marines because of a kidney infection. He had been working on the war novel but was having trouble finding an appropriate literary form flexible enough to speak to the wide array of American cultural backgrounds.

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