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Skin Deep

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Two young and talented black men, photographer Ray and struggling actor Chris, are best friends in 1990s London. But Ray is only attracted to white men, which Chris sees as betraying his race, while Chris is into a heavy sexual masochism which Ray cannot understand. Their current lovers bring more complications. Drawn into the S/M scene through his relationship with Chris, ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Gay Men's Press
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Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it
London, the 1990s: Ray is a talented creative-driven photographer, Chris an unambitious actor, both young, fashion conscious, gay and black; they are best friends. Ray is attracted only to white men which Chris feels is betraying his heritage, whereas Ray cannot understand Chris’s fascination with extreme sexual masochism. Each has a lover, Ray a young white guy named Danny, whom he may or may not truly love; Chris a wayward pimp called Clinton who reluctantly satisfies Chris’s masochistic ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Muygal rated it really liked it
Even though this was better written than Fagamuffin, I did not like this book as much as I had thought I would.
Also I had to wait an insane amount of time to get this book from TheBookDepository. But still it was a very interesting book and I liked the most the debates that the characters had regarding being gay, being black, and being with a partner of another race.
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gender loving book based in london.
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John R. Gordon lives and works in London, England. He is the author of three novels, Black Butterflies, (GMP 1993), for which he won a New London Writers' Award; Skin Deep, (GMP 1997); and Warriors & Outlaws (GMP 2001), both of which have been taught on graduate and post-graduate courses on Race & Sexuality in Literature in the United States. He script-edited and wrote for the world's ...more
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