An Intimate Afternoon with Russell Banks

Award-winning author Russell Banks made his mark on the literary scene with his previous novels The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift. Fearless as ever, Banks delves into the complexities of morality, sin, punishment and the potential for redemption in his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin. As Banks says, quoting Flannery O’Conner, “I write in order to penetrate a mystery in such a way that it will lead me to a further mystery.” And this is a compelling mystery, about a young, deeply flawed ex-con known simply as “the Kid,” and his attempts at a meaningful life in the wake of incarceration. Banks presents a narrative that reveals what it is like to live as an outcast in a world in which ethics may not offer much shelter.