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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.

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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.
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