20 Jul 2006
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
It’s been four years since E. Lynn Harris gave us another page-turner like his other successful novels If This World Were Mine, Any Way the Wind Blows, A Love of My Own, and the modern day classic Invisible Life, but at long last he’s out with another read, I Say a Little Prayer.
The new book is bound to continue to push the envelope of acceptance of homosexuality in the Black community – a subject that is often swept under the rug in homes and churches everywhere. But homosexuality in the Black community is Harris’ stock-in-trade and this book promises to be no exception.
I Say a Little Prayer introduces readers to Chauncey Greer, who is the owner of a successful greeting card store (Cute Boy Card Company); he’s good looking with an active social life, living in a gorgeous apartment in downtown Atlanta. A frequent dater, one encounter with a brother on the “down low” turns ugly. Seeking solace, Chauncey heads to the church, where he is inspired to reignite his passion for music
Earlier in his life, Chauncey left a promising music career, when one of the members of the boy-band he was in, D, broke his heart. D was Chauncey’s first love. The two would meet in each other’s rooms while on the road when the other band members were asleep. Things changed, though, when D turned Chauncey out to the other members – never to speak again.
Years later Chauncey has a chance to sing for a big-name homophobic bishop – who turns out to be his first love D reinvented! Will he play the gig? What will he say to D, who’s now a respected minister – but was once his lover?
Note: Harris will host a book signing and reading Thursday, July 27 at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Laurelwood Shopping Center, 6 p.m.