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Mysterious Skin (Violet Hour Book Club)

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Join us for the March meeting of the Violet Hour Book Club, a reading group devoted to modern and classic works of LGBTQ literature. 

The book we will be discussing is Mysterious Skin (1995) by Scott Heim.

Those who are interested are invited to also watch the 2005 film adaption directed by Gregg Araki.  We will be discussing both works.

ABOUT THE BOOK ///

At the age of eight Brian Lackey is found bleeding under the crawl space of his house, having endured something so traumatic that he cannot remember an entire five–hour period of time.

During the following years he slowly recalls details from that night, but these fragments are not enough to explain what happened to him, and he begins to believe that he may have been the victim of an alien encounter. Neil McCormick is fully aware of the events from that summer of 1981. Wise beyond his years, curious about his developing sexuality, Neil found what he perceived to be love and guidance from his baseball coach. Now, ten years later, he is a teenage hustler, a terrorist of sorts, unaware of the dangerous path his life is taking. His recklessness is governed by idealized memories of his coach, memories that unexpectedly change when Brian comes to Neil for help and, ultimately, the truth.

Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo

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