Extended Interview: Russell Banks Discusses ‘Lost Memory of Skin’

In a squalid encampment under a causeway in an American city that sounds very much like Miami lives a group of outcasts: men convicted of sex crimes, restricted to staying at least 2,500 feet away from anyone under 18.

That’s the unusual and charged setting for a new novel, “Lost Memory of Skin,” which explores some deep issues of American life rarely raised and rarely seen by most of us.

Wednesday on the NewsHour, Russell Banks, a much-honored writer whose 17 works of fiction include “Continental Drift,” “The Sweet Hereafter,” and “Cloudsplitter,” talks to Jeffrey Brown about his latest work. You can watch the whole interview now, with additional material, here on Art Beat.