Russell Banks “Lost Memory of Skin”
October 21st, 2011
The young man at the center of the new Russell Banks novel “Lost Memory of Skin” is just 22 years old, and despite the fact he is a virgin, not by choice, he is nevertheless, oddly, also a convicted sex offender. A “zero tolerance” regime has effectively banished this young man, called simply the Kid, to a life under a causeway in Florida, barred from living anywhere near children.
In a book that the New York Times says is “destined to be a canonical novel of its time,” Banks lets the Kid tell his story, a sad and frightening tale of isolation and punishment far out of proportion to the crime he was accused of committing.
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