Lost Memory of Skin

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Product Number: Z100092278
Released: Apr 05, 2015
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ISBN: #9780062087522
Narrator/s: Scott Shepherd
Publisher: HarperAudio
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The acclaimed author of The Sweet Hereafter and Rule of the Bone returns with a provocative new novel that illuminates the shadowed edges of contemporary American culture with startling and unforgettable results Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks's uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders. Barely beyond childhood himself, the Kid, despite his crime, is in many ways an innocent, trapped by impulses and foolish choices he himself struggles to comprehend. Enter the Professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. A university sociologist of enormous size and intellect, he finds in the Kid the perfect subject for his research on homelessness and recidivism among convicted sex offenders. The two men forge a tentative partnership, the Kid remaining wary of the Professor's motives even as he accepts the counsel and financial assistance of the older man. When the camp beneath the causeway is raided by the police, and later, when a hurricane all but destroys the settlement, the Professor tries to help the Kid in practical matters while trying to teach his young charge new ways of looking at, and understanding, what he has done. But when the Professor's past resurfaces and threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world, the balance in the two men's relationship shifts. Suddenly, the Kid must reconsider everything he has come to believe, and choose what course of action to take when faced with a new kind of moral decision. Long one of our most acute and insightful novelists, Russell Banks often examines the indistinct boundaries between our intentions and actions. A mature and masterful work of contemporary fiction from one of our most accomplished storytellers, Lost Memory of Skin unfolds in language both powerful and beautifully lyrical, show-casing Banks at his most compelling, his reckless sense of humor and intense empathy at full bore. The perfect convergence of writer and subject, Lost Memory of Skin probes 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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Author(s): Russell Banks
Original Publish Date: Sep 27, 2011

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Author(s): Russell Banks
Narrator(s): Scott Shepherd
Product Number C00009
Released: Sep 27, 2011
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ISBN: #9781461825678
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Author(s): Russell Banks
Narrator(s): Scott Shepherd
Product Number Z00170
Released: Nov 01, 2011
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ISBN: #9781461845751
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Author(s): Russell Banks
Narrator(s): Scott Shepherd
Product Number MP0190
Released: Oct 24, 2011
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ISBN: #9781461840572
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Author(s): Russell Banks
Product Number EB00235206
Released: Mar 18, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: #9780062096739

Professional reviews

"Banks's new novel forces listeners to look at those who are the lepers of contemporary society--sexual offenders. The story, powerfully performed by Scott Shepherd, doesn't excuse the crime but asks if perpetrators could be handled differently. "The Kid" is an uneducated 22-year-old social reject who is arrested in a police sting in which he attempts to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. He gets three months in jail and 10 years on parole. Constantly monitored by a GPS device, he lives under a highway with other sex offenders, always more than 2,500 feet from schools or playgrounds. Shepherd shines portraying the Professor, a mysterious, morbidly obese man who wants to help. His Southern accent, turned up a notch when necessary, sounds like a voice to be trusted. The novel offers no easy answers but raises the questions about how to deal with a growing social problem. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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