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“Like our living literary giants Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon, Russell Banks is a great writer wrestling with the hidden secrets and explosive realities of this country.”
—Cornel West

“Of the many writers working in the great tradition today, one of the best is Russell Banks.”
—New York Times

Lost Memory of Skin is a provocative novel of spiritual and moral redemption from Russell Banks, the author of Affliction, Rule of the Bone, Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter, and other acclaimed masterworks of contemporary American fiction.  Uncompromising and complex, Lost Memory of Skin is the story of The Kid, a young sex offender recently released from prison and forced to live beneath a South Florida causeway. When The Professor, a man of enormous intellect and appetite, takes The Kid under his wing, his own startling past will cause upheavals in both of their worlds. At once lyrical, witty, and disturbing, Bankss extraordinary novel showcases his abilities as a world-class storyteller as well as his incisive understanding of the dangerous contradictions and hypocrisies of modern American society.

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After doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, the Kid is forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. Barely beyond childhood himself, the Kid is in many ways an innocent, trapped by impulses and choices he struggles to comprehend. Enter the Professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. The two men forge a tentative partnership, but when the Professor's past resurfaces, the balance in the two men's relationship shifts. Suddenly, the Kid must reconsider all he has come to believe, and make a fateful choice when faced with a new kind of moral decision.

A mature and masterful work of contemporary fiction from one of our most accomplished storytellers, Lost Memory of Skin explores the zeitgeist of a troubled society where zero tolerance has erased any hope of subtlety and compassion—a society where isolating the offender has perhaps created a new kind of victim.

About the Author

Russell Banks is one of America's most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

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diane Trafton, April 13, 2013 (view all comments by diane Trafton)
"Lost Memory of Skin" has touched my heart and I will remember it for years to come. These characters (pedophiles) that are so abhorrent in our society miraculously become real people and we see the resilience of the human spirit, and the plight for existence. We see our broken criminal justice system and we leap into the margins of this dark society feeling haunted and unsettled. It left me very shaken!
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abeck01, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by abeck01)
A life-affirming work that dares to explore a dark subgroup of our society for whom options are few and ever-decreasing. By turns heart-breaking and hopeful, Banks'novel is willing to tackle what many may feel to be an unpalatable topic--the world of registered sex offenders--and paints an honest, realistic picture of the hidden corners to which they are confined. He carefully develops his protagonist in a well-planned, accessible way that enables us to view these individuals objectively without creating sympathy where it does not belong.As the novel moves forward, an admittedly melodramatic mystery develops that enhances the page turning quality of the novel and gives us some unnerving insight into the level of denial and unwarranted self-righteousness experienced by some of these individuals.
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rabidbookreader, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by rabidbookreader)
Lost Memory of Skin is a book that resonates with the reader long after he has read it. Banks makes the reader empathize with the character named the Kid, who is a convicted sex offender. The Kid in many ways is an innocent, both a victim of his absentee parents and the Internet culture which makes it difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy. Rather than trying to justify the "Kid" actions, Banks explores the shades and nuances of the Kid's crime.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061857645
Author:
Banks, Russell
Publisher:
Ecco
Author:
Banks, Russell
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120717
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.972973 in 11.1 oz

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"Synopsis" by , After doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, the Kid is forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. Barely beyond childhood himself, the Kid is in many ways an innocent, trapped by impulses and choices he struggles to comprehend. Enter the Professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. The two men forge a tentative partnership, but when the Professor's past resurfaces, the balance in the two men's relationship shifts. Suddenly, the Kid must reconsider all he has come to believe, and make a fateful choice when faced with a new kind of moral decision.

A mature and masterful work of contemporary fiction from one of our most accomplished storytellers, Lost Memory of Skin explores the zeitgeist of a troubled society where zero tolerance has erased any hope of subtlety and compassion—a society where isolating the offender has perhaps created a new kind of victim.

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