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Not A Day Goes By

by E Lynn Harris

Not A Day Goes By
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2000, 208 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2001, 288 pages

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A delicious ride into the mischievous lives of two very unforgettable characters.

Welcome to the irresistible world of E. Lynn Harris...

He is a devilish and handsome ex-football player, now a rising sports agent at one of the hottest firms in the country. Irrepressible and dangerously alluring, John "Basil" Henderson has a history with women (and a few men). Basil is the consummate guy's guy: a commitment-phobe gadfly known for a double-edged magnetism that has the ability to thrill--and wound.

She is the uncompromising Yancey Harrington Braxton, an up-and-coming Broadway star who oozes charm and bleeds ambition. Young, beautiful, and dangerously crafty, Yancey is prepared to do whatever she must to get what she wants. A femme fatale who has left more than a few brokenhearted men in her wake, Yancey is intrigued and besotted by Basil.

Both believe that in each other they've finally met their match.

A lavish wedding is planned, and the ultimate power couple plans to spend their lives in holy matrimony. But just before the nuptials, fate and a little comeuppance from the past threaten the happy couple's future.

Masterful storyteller E. Lynn Harris takes the reader on a delicious ride into the mischievous lives of two very unforgettable characters.

My lady, Yancey, changed my life. Sometimes I think she saved my life. My name is John Basil Henderson and I guess I’m what you call a former bad boy. I was the kind of dude who was getting so much play, I needed to buy condoms by the barrel. About two years ago, all that changed when I met Yancey Harrington Braxton the day before Christmas at Rockefeller Center while skating with my five-year-old nephew, Cade. Yancey walked right up and started a conversation while flirting with both Cade and myself. I loved her confidence. We were both smitten at her first hello. Yancey is, as the young dudes would say, a “dime piece” … a perfect ten.

When I met Yancey I was in the midst of a pre-midlife crisis. I had just turned thirty-three and my childhood dream of playing pro football was already over. Wasn’t shit going right for me. I was actually seeing a shrink, trying to figure out why I had such disdain for both men and women while, at times, being sexually ...

Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!
The questions, discussion topics, and the suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your reading group's discussion of Not a Day Goes By, a sassy, seductive novel by E. Lynn Harris, one of today's most popular commercial fiction writers. After making unforgettable appearances in Harris's bestselling Invisible Life trilogy, ex-football star John Basil Henderson and ambitious actress Yancey Harrington Braxton take center stage and really strut their stuff in Not a Day Goes By.

 
  1. Why does Harris reveal the climax of the romance between Basil and Yancey in the very first chapter? How do his descriptions of Basil's and Yancey's behavior set the stage for the story that follows?
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Salon.com

Not a Day Goes By offers sweet, guilty thrills that leave you longing for more.

USA Today

Harris is in true form in Not a Day Goes By, it's a fun read, especially for new Harris readers.

San Francisco Chronicle

There is a universality about his characters--their stories are told with warmth and humor from a perspective that is as refreshing as it is straightforward.

USA Today

Harris is in true form in Not a Day Goes By, it's a fun read, especially for new Harris readers.

San Francisco Chronicle

There is a universality about his characters--their stories are told with warmth and humor from a perspective that is as refreshing as it is straightforward.

Entertainment Weekly

Breezy, big-hearted entertainment.

Vibe

What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever--fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship.

Entertainment Weekly

Breezy, big-hearted entertainment.

Publishers Weekly

..lean prose and witty dialogue.... his patented knack for a wry, uproarious resolution is in full flower in this sexual War of the Roses.

Reader Reviews

Regina

E. Lynn never ceases to amaze me with the twists in his books and the characters that he brings to life.

jackie

Where and when does the action takes place?


Stephen Collum

This was a twisting story that was not your usual morally correct story line. It'll have you turning pages, as it tells of betrayal and deceit. Good book.

Kia Jackson

I have read every book that he has written involving these characters, i am just waiting to see what Harris dreams up next. Excellent imagery i can picture all the scenes in my head as if i was standing when things happen!!

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