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.
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An Original and Moving Coming of Age Story
Shirts and Skins is a moving coming of age story. It is an original tale, powerfully crafted and filled with memorable characters. It chronicles the life of Josh Moore from childhood into his adult life, as he deals with issues of poverty, alcoholism and the growing realization of his own sexual identity. Alternately touching and amusing, the book is a true page turner. I strongly recommend it.