By (author): Bonnie Bowman

Salacious, funny, and painfully emotive, ‘Skin’ is a provocative and ruminative parable about our deep-rooted urge to ostracize the freakish and shun the disfigured among us. An unconventional love story, Bowman probes the surface to reveal deeper, more lingering impulses connected to desire, understanding, and love. It is only on very extraordinary occasions when beauty and the beast get together, but they do here. ‘Skin’ is a cutting and startling debut novel.

“One of those small glinting gems that make you wonder how it’s done…This book surges from the starting gate and flags somewhat in the final lap, but ‘Skin”s striking images and thematic vigour combine to make it an uncommon and refreshing literary debut.” – The Globe & Mail

Winner of the 1999 3-Day Novel-Writing Contest

Winner: Inaugural ReLit Award, 2001


Bonnie Bowman

Bonnie Bowman’s debut novel, ‘Skin’, won the inaugural ReLit Award. Her writing has been published in ‘subTerrain’, ‘The Vancouver Review’, ‘Reader’s Digest’, and in the anthologies ‘Exact Fare Only I’ and ‘Body Breakdowns’. Bonnie is also a songwriter, journalist, freelance writer and has been a finalist for the Western Magazine Awards. She was born in Toronto, where she now lives after a longish stint in Vancouver. ‘Spaz’ is her second novel.


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144 Pages
7.75in * 5.14in * .34in


January 16, 2000



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