And This Too Shall Pass
By E. Lynn Harris
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385480314, 368pp.)
Publication Date: February 17, 1997
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A stellar quarterback, an ambitious sportscaster. What happens when rising stars collide?In And This Too Shall Pass, Harris takes us into the locker rooms and newsrooms of Chicago, where four lives are about to intersect in romance and scandal. At the heart of the novel is the celibate Zurich, a rookiequarterback for the Chicago Cougars whose trajectory for superstardom is interrupted by a sexual assault charge by Mia, a sportscaster with her own sights on fame. With his career in jeopardy, Zurich hires Tamela, a high-powered attorney, to defend him, while Sean, a gay sportswriter, covers the story and uncovers his heart.All of these characters face the challenge of keeping the faith--in themselves and in God--while Harris's heartfelt storytelling reveals how the love of family can help one to face the terrible legacy of long-held secrets. Throughout these characters' search for self-knowledge, Harris weaves the stories of MamaCee, Zurich's grandmother, whose lessons of faith teach one and all that "this too shall pass."Breaking new ground in contemporary fiction, And This Too Shall Pass entertains and affirms with its stirring message about the healing power of family and faith.
"Harris offers a moving story filled with warmth and believable, real-life situations."
"So much humor is sprinkled through E. Lynn Harris's warm and timely new novel, And This Too Shall Pass, that we almost miss the pain lying underneath or the significance of its theme: Harris, who has written poignant love stories about African American life before, turns eloquently again to the question of how people--black people in this case--learn to love in a tough and toughening society."
--Pat Holt, San Francisco Chronicle
"A breakout bestseller that features a sizzling mix of fast-paced storytelling, topical subject matter and lyrical sexuality."
--Paula L. Woods, Dallas Morning News
"It is rare to read a novel with African American characters as refreshing as these...Harris keeps the dialogue lively and the action zipping along while fully developing story and characters."