HBO Is Developing a TV Adaptation Based on E. Lynn Harris' 'Invisible Life' Trilogy

Bestselling author E. Lynn Harris at the Crescent Court Hotel
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The 1990s novels center on a young, gay Black author exploring his sexuality and the many facets of being LGBTQ in the early '90s.

HBO is developing a TV adaptation based on late author E. Lynn Harris' three novels: Invisible LifeJust As I Am and Abide With Me. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison David Rivers will write the script and executive produce with Proteus Spann (Soul Food) and Tracey Edmonds (Soul Food, Games People Play). 

Invisible Life was initially self-published by Harris in 1991 and follows the journey of Raymond Tyler, a young Black attorney in New York discovering his sexuality and coming of age while exploring the then-highly controversial issues of bisexuality and AIDS.

The novel has been long considered an LGBTQ classic and is one of the Los Angeles Times' top 20 classic gay titles in literature. Harris, who died in 2009, published 17 works and made the New York Times best-seller list several times. He was one of the first people added to the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at New York's Stonewall National Monument in 2019.