Lost Memory of Skin (Paperback)

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One sign of a brilliant author is one who writes credibly on many different subjects. Russell Banks has written novels about John Brown, alcoholism, a school bus accident, African politics and Rastafarians—and all were extremely well-written and entertaining. Banks’ new book Lost Memory of Skin tackles the difficult subject of how we treat sexual offenders. As always, Banks delivers a nuanced, thoughtful and intelligent commentary on our society. “The Kid” is a young, skinny sex offender forced to live in limbo under a bridge with other offenders in Florida (this scenario actually comes straight from the headlines). Here he meets “The Professor,” a giant genius interested in studying him. The story of these two misfits is heart-rending and beautiful, and forces readers to reflect on our own definitions of humanity and compassion. I strongly recommend this book!

Sarah B.

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“The Kid made a stupid mistake one night and is now excluded from society at the age of 22. Labeled as a sex offender, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. One of the few places that remain for him is under a causeway with other convicted sex offenders. Enter the Professor, a bearded, overweight genius with secrets of his own. Has society, with its low tolerance and lack of compassion, created new victims? Banks has tackled a theme important to our welfare as a society. Sure to elicit a stimulating discussion for book groups.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI

October 2011 Indie Next List


“The Kid made a stupid mistake one night and is now excluded from society at the age of 22. Labeled as a sex offender, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. One of the few places that remain for him is under a causeway with other convicted sex offenders. Enter the Professor, a bearded, overweight genius with secrets of his own. Has society, with its low tolerance and lack of compassion, created new victims? Banks has tackled a theme important to our welfare as a society. Sure to elicit a stimulating discussion for book groups.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI

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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, Banks's 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781846685767
Publisher: Clerkenwell
Publication Date: March 1st, 2012