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E. Lynn Harris
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February 2002 Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers
He is John Henderson, a magnetic, handsome ex-football player, now a rising sports agent. He is a man's man. a commitment-phobe, known for his ability to charm - and wound. She is Yancey Harrington Braxton, an up-and-coming Broadway star who oozes charm and ambition. A femme fatale who has left more than a few broken hearts in her wake. Both believe that in each other they've finally met their match. A lavish wedding is planneo for this ultimate power couple. But just before the nuptials, ghosts from both their pasts emerge to threaten the rosy future.
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Set in New York in the closing months of 1999, E. Lynn Harris's tightly plotted Not a Day Goes By bears all the outward markers of a romance by Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins--wealth, glamour, sex, and intrigue--except that the two main characters are more like the wily villains of a Dynasty remake. John "Basil" Henderson, a former football player who has started a successful sports agency with a friend, is a gorgeous, arrogant, bitter, woman-hating, homophobic, African American bisexual who is used to people staring at him. "Especially when I was naked," Basil confides, "My ass was perfect and my jimmie was both long and thick." Basil has fallen in love with an equally alluring figure, Yancey Braxton, a bronze-skinned Broadway singer whose beauty and dedication are matched by ferocious self-absorption and cunning. (Instead of attending her 10-year high school reunion, Yancey sent signed photos of herself and press packets.) Basil feels that his love has rescued him from the shallow life of a player, and he allows himself to believe that she is a good person, and that when they marry, she'll settle down a little and provide him with children. Yancey cares for Basil, too, but her career comes first. After that, sex and money. Babies aren't even on the list.

Harris's most sympathetic characters are Yancey's roommate, Windsor, a plump schoolteacher who spends her spare evenings holding abandoned babies at Hale House, and Zurich Robinson, a gay Christian ex-athlete who briefly considers joining Basil's agency, eliciting a string of ugly clichés from Basil's partner. Meanwhile, Basil, that pillar of integrity, listens in silence. The deal is scotched when Zurich announces that he has been interviewed for an article on gay men in professional athletics. When Basil asks him why he is coming out, Zurich tells him about another young quarterback who tried to run from his sexuality by getting married. The day of the wedding, he shot himself. "As Zurich told the story," Basil recounts,

I could picture the young man and for a brief moment felt the pain he was struggling with. I had been there. But it had never gotten to the point where I wanted to kill myself. If I could have talked to Milo I would have told him, "Roll with it young brother.... There is a way to have your cake and ice cream, too."
Suffice it to say that after a series of delicious plot twists and acts of increasing wickedness, it becomes clear that Basil and Yancey are too damaged to save each other. Although the characters in his sixth novel are somewhat two dimensional and his prose a little flat, E. Lynn Harris can manipulate a story line with the skill of an Eagle Scout earning his badge in knotmaking. Don't start this page-turner if you don't have six or seven free hours in which to read it straight through. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Following a string of bestselling novels featuring plots that mix romance, deception, betrayal and bisexuality, Harris (If This World Were Mine; Abide with Me) scores again with the much-anticipated return of two of his most popular characters. When John "Basil" Henderson, ex-football player and sports agent on the rise, falls in love with haughty, ambitious Broadway star Yancey Harrington Braxton, it seems like a perfect match. But on the couple's wedding day, which opens the book, the extravagant nuptials are suddenly canceled. The narrative retraces the couple's rocky courtship: Yancey arrives in Basil's life at a critical moment, when his football career is over and he's in therapy examining his bisexual past. He's entranced by gorgeous, stylish Yancey, especially because she looks so good on his arm, but though he feels true admiration and love, Basil also still pines for men. Determined to marry, have children, and keep his homosexual proclivities a secret, Basil doesn't realize that Yancey has a few secrets of her own. Her one true love from her college days reappears, with some scandalous news. When Yancey discovers Basil's "other side," she is horrifiedDbut she quickly concocts a scheme to lay claim to Basil's riches. As usual with Harris, the romance is set within the lavish trappings of the Good Life: upscale vacations, lushly decorated homes, pricey designer duds. Harris has a ball with femme fatale Yancey, who chases film and TV roles with a relentless campaign of lies, party crashing and tantrums. With lean prose and witty dialogue, he brings some new notes, trills and riffs to his familiar song, and his patented knack for a wry, uproarious resolution is in full flower in this sexual War of the Roses. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! April 12 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first E. Lynn Harris book. His strength is in how nicely his books flow. The details and the storyline moves fast and makes for a good read. I will read more of his books. I think it's worth reading. His story of modern relationships and sexual confusion is whoa! It's say the least!
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4.0 out of 5 stars KEPT MY ATTENTION Feb. 13 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I liked this story. It was pretty interesting. I would not read it twice and it is not on my #1 recommendation list, but I did still liked it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Give me a break!!!!! Jan. 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I personally don't know how this book got such good reviews. It Sucked!!!! It took to long to get to the point. Maybe the last couple of chapters it got good, but this is the kind of book you read when you don't have anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Jan. 10 2004
I read this because my sister said it was a really good book. This is one of the literary masterpieces everyone dreams of reading. A mixture of sweet and erotic romance. E Lynn Harris seems on top of the game here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! DEFINITELY A MUST HAVE! June 11 2003
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I'm very bias when it comes to Mr. Harris. What can I say except he is a incredible writer. I love the way each of his novels pick up where the other left off, yet introducing new characters and discovering things about some of the old ones along the way. Each and every novel he has written I own. I never would have imagined that I would be reading novels that mostly consist of bisexual and gay men. But wow! The stories are just so fantastic I can't seem to get enough! Any E. Lynn Harris novel is a MUST HAVE!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Something To Cry About" March 16 2003
By Benique
First, let me start off by saying that E.Lynn Harris is a masterful storyteller who takes his readers on a enigmatic ride. The story was well-organized which consist of mendaciousness, sensual indulgence, passion, and secrets.
In this story, John "Basil" Henderson, a erotically appealing, irresistable and diabolical ex-football player has a history with both men and women, plans to marry Yancy Harrington Braxton, a young exquisite talented fledging Broadway star whose enchantment bleeds aspiration. Basil is madly in love with Yancey. He feels like he can settle down and have children which will stop him from being a player. But, Yancey does not want children. At the same time, he is trying to confront his sexual ambiguity that he has for men. Yancey loves Basil, too, but her career comes first and then, money. Yancey and Basil believe that they are a match made in heaven. But, when Ava, Yancey's mother reveals the secret to Yancey about Basil's sexual life it threatens their possible future together. Is Basil going to reveal his secret to Yancey about his sexual life? Could there still be a lavishing wedding?
On the other hand, E.Lynn Harris keeps his audience in indetermination by adding intricacy of past relationships. However, Basil who has had a painful childhood which is troubling him to over come obstacles in his life, as well as, his flushed need to seek out male companionship and Yancey who has been broken-hearted by her first love. This increasingly iniquity novel is a page-turner.
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I read "Invisible Life" years ago when I lived in Chicago and E. Lynn Harris was just beginning to get recognition after a major publisher had picked up his self-published novel and printed it to much success. I myself thought the book was kind of flat, the characters a bit whiney about "am I or aren't I?" and it was a slow read for me. Despite all the press and reviews and million-copy sellers, I had rejected reading another Harris novel until I began reading jacket covers of his latest novels and became intrigued with John "Basil" Henderson enough to give "Not a Day Goes By" a try.
Well, I'm not sure if I have mellowed, or if Harris has just gotten a stronger hold of his talent, because I really enjoyed this book and have already started the sequel, "Any Way the Wind Blows" -
Basil is an ex-pro football player who is now a partner in a very successful sports agency. He has been a player, dog, and sexual adventurer all his life, and seems to have the best of both worlds in that he can get men and women between the sheets with equal ease. Handsome, masculine, succressful and rich, and blessed physically in a way most men would envy, Basil is enjoying the good life of the playa --- that is, until he meets Yancey Butler, Diva in the making, a Broadway actress/singer/dancer that turns Basil on his ear and inside out in bed.
The book begins with Basil calling Yancey the morning of their wedding to say he can't go through with it - and from there on, the rest of this tightly-written novel is a flashback to what led up to that phone call. We learn that what drew Yancey and Basil together in the first place were their terrible, lonely childhoods, where neither of them felt loved and Basil was actually sexually abused.
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I liked E. Lynn in my early twenties and haven't read a book of his since the first two came out. I wanted to check him out and see how he's grown as a writer (and how I've grown as a critical reader). This book was fun, and I couldn't put it down, but I do understand why critics are frustrated by the overwhelming amount of Black novels that read just the same way this one did, with a few too many overly dramatic metaphors, too much name dropping (especially with clothing designers), and unnecessarily bourgie details. Harris is very descriptive; almost too much so. There were moments when I was drawn out of the story by too-long lists of adjectives about simple things like the napkin a character was using to wipe her mouth. Overall, a fun read. Just go into it knowing it ain't that deep.
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