By Clark Collis
October 19, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lost Memory of Skin

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Lost Memory of Skin, from the author of The Sweet Hereafter, details the platonic relationship between a sex offender and the overweight professor who befriends him. The fact that the former is referred to as ”the Kid” and the latter ”the Professor” seems to be part of Banks’ attempt to remind us that people cannot be reduced to blunt descriptors. Certainly the iguana-keeping Kid is a rich and fascinating character. The Professor is a less credible creation, and his outsize physique at times finds an echo in the dense prose of this 400-plus-page work. B-

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