Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim

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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.


About Scott Heim

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The author of two novels and a volume of poetry, Scott Heim has written for numerous publications, including The Advocate, Village Voice, and He lives in Boston.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 308 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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``The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life''--so runs the catchy opening to Heim's impressive first novel. The speaker is Brian Lackey, now a troubled teenager, once an in

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