What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Book Summary and Study Guide

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E. Lynn Harris reveals the ups and downs of his life on his road to success as a best-selling author. Harris begins with his humble Arkansas beginnings as the only son in a family of six. The author opens up in detailing his early years that were filled with physical abuse from his stepfather, trying to be accepted by peers, and jockeying questions about his own sexuality.
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The writer also tells about his severe depression, conflicts with work, bouts with alcoholism, and attempts at suicide.
Harris's ongoing quest for love and acceptance is a central focus in much of this eye-opening memoir.
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Plot & Themes

Kind of romance:    -   searching for lover Kids:    -   alienated from society    -   parental abuse job/profession:    -   writer Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Black Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   mental illness Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   gay guy Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 ()

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   male homosexuality If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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