October 7th: Lost Memory of Skin

Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks

After doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, the Kid is forbidden to live within 2500 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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  • Ruth Ann O.

    We had a very interesting discussion about the book, including a few different viewpoints about the nature of pornography.

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book, with its challenging topic and the potential for outside-the-box conversation once its read, speaks to me personally and philosophically. The final line in the synopsis: "...a society where isolating the offender has perhaps created a new kind of victim" captured my attention immediately. I'm very interested in what might come of sharing our thoughts once the book is done with us.

    June 21, 2013

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