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Lost memory of skin, Russell Banks

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Lost memory of skin
Title
Lost memory of skin
Statement of responsibility
Russell Banks
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is a 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 this 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. In this novel the author examines the indistinct boundaries between our intentions and actions. It 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
Summary
A young outcast known as the Kid who lives with other sex offenders in a makeshift encampment under a south Florida causeway is taken up by a professor of sociology who sees in the Kid a perfect subject for his research. The Kid accepts the counsel and financial assistance of the older man, but when the Professor's past resurfaces and threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world, the balance in the two men's relationship shifts.
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2012.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book 2011
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10008133
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1940-
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Banks, Russell
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Sex offenders
  • United States
  • Homeless persons
  • Male friendship
  • Homeless men
  • Ex-convicts
  • Sociologists
  • Florida
Target audience
adult
Label
Lost memory of skin, Russell Banks
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocn703206318
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
416 p.
Isbn
9780061857638
System control number
(OCoLC)703206318
Label
Lost memory of skin, Russell Banks
Publication
Control code
ocn703206318
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
416 p.
Isbn
9780061857638
System control number
(OCoLC)703206318

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