Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers



I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »
  1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Flying Shoes

    Lisa Howorth 9781620403013

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$14.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
4 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z
3 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

Break the Skin

by

Break the Skin Cover

ISBN13: 9780307716767
ISBN10: 0307716767
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Laney—a skinny, awkward teenager alone in the world—thinks she’s found a kindred spirit in thirty-five-year-old Delilah. Then the police come to ask Laney questions and she finds herself reconstructing a story of suspense, deceit, and revenge; a story that will haunt her forever.

Seven hundred miles away, in Texas, Miss Baby has the hardened heart of a woman who has been used by men in every possible way, yet she is desperate for true love. When she meets a stranger, a man who claims he can’t remember his real name or his past but who seems gentle and trusting, Miss Baby thinks she may have finally found someone to love, someone who will protect her from the abusive men who fill her past.

But Miss Baby and Laney are connected by a terrible crime, and, bit by bit, the complex web of deceptions and seemingly small misjudgments they’ve each helped to create starts to unravel—all the way to the shocking, tragic climax.

About the Author

LEE MARTIN is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever; novels River of Heaven and Quakertown; a story collection, The Least You Need to Know; and two memoirs, From Our House and Turning Bones. He has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, a Lawrence Foundation Award, and the Glenna Luschei Award. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at The Ohio State University.

Visit him at www.leemartinauthor.com.

From the Hardcover edition.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Bryan Furuness, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Bryan Furuness)
A couple of years ago, I had the chance to hear the legendary editor Gary Fisketjon talk about books. He described a certain kind of book that married the best elements of genre fiction and literary fiction as "not boring, and not dumb." It's a rare combination, easier proposed than done. Add Lee Martin to the short list of writers who can hit this sweet spot. With Break the Skin, Martin offers a sharp take on the classic crime confessional. It's a story about "sore hearts," with characters who want, more than anything, to be wanted. The book alternates between two narrators--the blown-about Laney, and the brassy Miss Baby--and it doesn't take long for both of them to get under my skin and into my heart. "Not boring, and not dumb" doesn't do this book justice. It's thrilling and touching, deep and beautiful, on every level, and in every line.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307716767
Author:
Martin, Lee
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.63 in 0.5 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Break the Skin New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$14.00 In Stock
Product details 288 pages Broadway Books - English 9780307716767 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.