E. Lynn Harris's novels about black middle class homosexual and
heterosexual life have captured the fancy of thousands of readers.
His success is remarkable because his honesty about gay, bisexual
and "confused" African American men hasn't turned off women readers
and has sparked discussion about male secrecy, sex and lies.
Many of his readers, myself among them, have wondered about the
relationship between Harris and Raymond Tyler, the protagonist of
his first novel and some of his subsequent work. Because the novels