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Lost Memory of Skin, by Russell Banks

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Russell Banks talks about his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin. Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of the story must create a life for himself after he’s released from jail. With nowhere else to go, he takes up residence under a south Florida causeway.

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Comments [2]

oncefallendotcom from Cincinnati, OH

I have to admit the book had a couple of glaring inaccuracies and stereotypes that, as an activist for the rights of former offenders, I had a hard time overlooking. Overall, it was still a decent read. The abuse at the hands of the Miami police, er, the "Calusa" police, was not far from the reality. The Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami (aka "Bookville"), which was the inspiration for the book, was not hit with a hurricane, but if it was, I'm sure the scenario played out somewhat like the book. Only thing missing was a Ron Book lobbyist character.

And Larry, The Kid's scenario would not meet the criteria for clinical pedophilia. Not every registrant is a pedophile and vice versa.

Dec. 28 2011 07:43 PM
Larry from NY

I felt I might have been manipulated into feeling sympathy for Kid esp. with respect for the crime he was charged and convicted for. Was that your intention or am I a latent pedophile at heart? Perhaps its more commentary on the sexual proclivities of young women these days and possibly society accepting this behavior more and more?

Dec. 27 2011 01:15 PM

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