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Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks

In Lost Memory of Skin, the Kid is barely an adult and already classified as a sex offender. As such, he's forced to live with a GPS ankle monitoring device, which forces him to spend his days at least 2,500 feet away from anywhere children might gather. The only place he can live is with other sex offenders at an encampment underneath a causeway. The Kid has never known intimacy. His knowledge of sex comes from what he learned from watching online porn. One day, the Professor finds the Kid, and tells him that he wants to get to know the kid for his own research on sex offenders. It's a bond the Kid accepts warily, and their relationship dynamic changes when secrets of the Professor's past emerge. Russell Banks' novel has received positive reviews with saying, "Overall, the languid pace of the novel requires steadfast patience, but commitment to it has a fine payoff. Readers are rewarded with a thrilling denouement and a pensive but provocative ending. It inspires contemplation and dynamic discussion, and makes you think utterly outside the box."
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