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Lost Memory of Skin by [Banks, Russell]
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011: In Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks plays peek-a-boo with the reader lifting each corner just enough to wonder at what may lie underneath. When we meet the Kid, he is grappling with his public status as a convicted sex offender, living under a Florida causeway with other men whom society finds “both despicable and impossible to remove and thus by most people simply wished out of existence.” Enter the Professor, with his genius IQ and massive physical presence, eager to prove that men like the Kid have been shaped by social forces and are capable of change. The pair seem diametrically opposed yet share a “profound sense of isolation, of difference and solitude…,” held hostage by their secrets in this morally complex and thought-provoking story of illusions and blurry truths in a novel that that hums with electricity from beginning to end. --Seira Wilson

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“Destined to be a canonical novel of its time... it delivers another of Banks’s wrenching, panoramic visions of American moral life, and this one very particular to the early 21st century... Banks, whose great works resonate with such heart and soul, brings his full narrative powers to bear.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

“Banks may be the most compassionate fiction writer working today… Lost Memory of Skin is proof that Banks remains our premier chronicler of the doomed and forgotten American Male.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Banks’s enormous gamble in both plot and character pays off handsomely…By the end, Kafka is rubbing elbows with Robert Ludlum, and Banks has mounted a thrilling defense of the novel’s place in contemporary culture.” (The New Yorker)

“One of our finest novelists gives voice to the unspeakable…[A] compelling story” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

“His boldest imaginative leap yet into the invisible margins of society… Lost Memory of Skin is a haunting book.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Among contemporary writers giving voice to America’s beleaguered working class, Russell Banks may have no peer…this oddly unsettling, beautifully crafted novel…raise[s] fascinating issues.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Banks reveals the two [characters] with tenderness and trenchant wit, in a story that, not surprisingly, plumbs the depth of human despair and resilience. If that prowess is predictable, Skin is bound to leave you shaken and strangely reassured.” (USA Today)

“Mr. Banks knows plot, and incorporates intriguing complications to keep the novel building power all the way to the end.” (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

“Russell Banks really does know how to pull his readers into a dark, dark world only to deliver us into the light.” (Boston Globe)

“Banks is in top form in his seventeenth work of fiction, a cyclonic novel of arresting observations, muscular beauty, and disquieting concerns… a commanding, intrepidly inquisitive, magnificently compassionate, and darkly funny novel of private and societal illusions, maladies, and truths.” (Booklist (starred review))

Product details

  • File Size: 1596 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846685761
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FFW2C4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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