What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
E. Lynn Harris
Best-selling author and visiting professor E. Lynn Harris has published eight novels, won numerous literary awards and been named among the "100 Leaders and Heroes in Black America" by Savoy magazine.
But his journey to accolades and acceptance took him through a rocky terrain of self doubt, sexual confusion and suicidal thoughts. In his new memoir "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," Harris carries readers across that terrain. He begins in the valley of the shadow of death, recounting his unsuccessful suicide attempt in the summer of 1990. From there, he beckons readers back, into a childhood overshadowed by an abusive stepfather, an adolescence confused by sexual questions, and a young adulthood scarred by depression and denial.
Following his suicide attempt, Harris climbed a steep slope to recovery, relying on faith and on the love of his family and friends. But what his memoir makes clear – not only by its words but by its honesty and power – is that writing lifted him higher and became a safe haven. As Harris said: "Writing has allowed me to craft and sculpt a magnificent life and touch the lives of others in ways that still awe and humble me….Writing is my lifeline. Writing saved my life."