Shirts and Skins

Shirts and Skins

by Jeffrey Luscombe


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Shirts and Skins by Jeffrey Luscombe

A remarkable debut novel from Jeffrey Luscombe-a compelling series of linked stories of a young man's coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming-to-terms with his family and fate.

Josh Moore lives with his family on the 'wrong side' of Hamilton, a gritty industrial city in southwestern Ontario. As a young boy, Josh plots an escape for a better life far from the steel mills that lined the bay. But fate has other plans and Josh discovers his adult life in Toronto is just as fraught with as many insecurities and missteps as his youth and he soon learns that no matter how far away he might run, he will never be able to leave his hometown behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937627003
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions
Publication date: 07/16/2012
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Luscombe was born in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. He holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. He attended The Humber College School for Writers where he was mentored by writers Nino Ricci and Lauren B. Davis. He has had fiction published in Chelsea Station, Tupperware Sandpiper, Zeugma Literary Journal, and filling Station Magazine. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Prism International Fiction Prize. He was a contributor to the anthology Truth or Dare (Slash Books Inc. 2011). He lives in Toronto with his husband Sean. Shirts and Skins is his first novel.

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Shirts and Skins 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 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.