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A Permanent Member of the Family by [Banks, Russell]
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Of the many writers working in the great tradition today, one of the best is Russell Banks (Jonathan Franzen)

Banks is one of those precious writers like Twain or Salinger who creates a voice so wonderfully real that the experience of reading them is like a conversation with an old friend (Sunday Times)

If you've never read Russell Banks it's time you acquired the habit (Elmore Leonard)

Russell Banks's work presents without falsehood and with tough affection the uncompromising moral voice of our time ... I trust his portraits of America more than any other - the burden of it, the need for it, the hell of it. (Michael Ondaatje)

A living master at the height of his powers. (Jennifer Haigh)

Praise for The Lost Memory of Skin:


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Destined to be a canonical novel of its time ... it delivers another of Banks's wrenching, panoramic visions of American moral life, and this one very particular to the early 21st century ... Banks, whose great works resonate with such heart and soul, brings his full narrative powers to bear. (Janet Maslin New York Times)

Banks's enormous gamble in both plot and character pays off handsomely ... By the end, Kafka is rubbing elbows with Robert Ludlum, and Banks has mounted a thrilling defense of the novel's place in contemporary culture. (New Yorker)

Russell Banks tackles hard subjects with verve and courage (Margaret Atwood)

Like our living literary giants Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon, Russell Banks is a great writer wrestling with the hidden secrets and explosive realities of this country. (Cornel West)

His boldest imaginative leap yet into the invisible margins of society ... Lost Memory of Skin is a haunting book. (Wall Street Journal)

Among contemporary writers giving voice to America's beleaguered working class, Russell Banks may have no peer ... [a] beautifully crafted novel (San Francisco Chronicle)

Russell Banks really does know how to pull his readers into a dark, dark world only to deliver us into the light. (Boston Globe)

Lost Memory of Skin should be required reading for anyone interested in fixing the country's broken criminal justice system ... Banks, in his latest novel, takes an unflinching look at people at their worst and manages to turn it into art. (Associated Press)

Banks is a master of peeling back the veneer to show us for the desperate creatures we are, no more so than in his fearless Lost Memory of Skin...[Banks] writes here with a combination of compassion and outrage ... a compelling read and an indictment of our age. (Miami Herald)

A compelling story ... one of those rare, strange, category-defying fictions that grabs hold of you ... It's hard to shake it off. And even when you do, it leaves a mark. (Chicago Tribune)

One of America's greatest writers (Esquire 2013-11-11)

Banks remains a master. (Nicholas Barber Sunday Express 2013-11-17)

This is a collection to shout about. It is one of the best books published this year... Exactly how good a writer is Russell Banks? How about wonderful?

(Eileen Battersby Irish Times 2013-11-16)

It's hard to resist the power of such clear and bracingly honest writing. (Simon Ewing The List 2013-11-18)

Each story has the ripe, full-blooded power of a vintage William Trevor tale...A short story collection that ranks highly among the books we have read this year - and a short story collection that might well be the short story collection of 2013 (Peter Wild Bookmunch.wordpress.com 2013-11-21)

Russell takes all his characters and his stories in such unexpected directions that we start to see loss in a different way. (Christena Appleyard Daily Mail 2013-11-22)

Banks is excellent at imbuing short sentences with real heft, and there's an emotional weight that pervades the collection. (Sunday Business Post 2013-11-24)

These stories show us an America we don't see as often as we should: down on its luck, but sympathetic and dignified. (Joanna Biggs Sunday Times 2013-12-08)

Book Description

The first story collection in a decade from the great Russell Banks

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Clerkenwell Press; Main edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #322,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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