Shirts and Skins

Shirts and Skins

by Jeffrey Luscombe


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ISBN-13: 9781937627003
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Shirts and Skins 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MattCH More than 1 year ago
This is a perfectly charming and realistic story tracing a life from age 6 on through adulthood. It is written the precision in the language that takes it so naturally from the early wonderment and optimism of one's early years through the emotional highs and lows of growing up, to finding unexpected contentment in adulthood. While the narrative is largely centered on the main character - Josh - each of the many people in his life - from a lifelong complicated relationship with his father to a chance conference encounter leading to a revealing one night stand - is given a full, fleshed out, and memorable character. One of the books many strengths is in demonstrating that many people come into one's life, and whether they are there for a long time or a short time, that each has the potential to leave an indelible mark. This is a worthwhile and engaging read from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting character with a great coming out story.
yarmando on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A series of taut, well-crafted short stories focusing on Josh Moore, ranging from childhood to early middle age. The chapters really do stand alone as strong stories, but taken together they create an energy, revealing a man who seems to be completely different people at different stages. There's something Gatsby-ish about him, as he tries to create the person he wants to be, but remains a boat "against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." And that, I think, is why this goes slightly out-of-tune for me at the end. The story we're being told here is tragic, and wrestling a happy, gay ending out of it feels a bit awkward and forced. The last two stories--where Josh finally comes out and earns 2 ridiculously perfect hook-ups, and where he winds up as half of a dreamy power couple--aren't terrible, but they feel like the author is forcing the story in particular directions. But even with that weakness, the stories have a subtlety and power that marks Luscombe as a gifted writer, and there's a core of Josh's character (his chameleon ability to become like the people he's with, his keen insight into what motivates others) that believably drives him through the different stages of his life.