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Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
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Aug 15, 2007

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Read in May, 2005

let's be honest, i got the book because it's a gay author who grew up in Kansas -- and i'm a gay not-exactly-author who grew up in Kansas. that's as much as i knew. and apparently it was going to be a movie.

i really liked this book as a depiction coping with sexual trauma. one interprets it as love, and the other as an alien abduction. i see it as a depiction of how we as humans seek to settle trauma into an explicable box in order to make it manageable. i've been told the author meant it as an exploration of a legitimate relationship between a man and a boy, but i don't buy it.

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