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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Chelsea Station Editions, 362 West 36th Street #2R, NY, NY 10018

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Shirts and Skins

a debut novel

by Jeffrey Luscombe


Available from Chelsea Station Editions July 16, 2012


A remarkable debut novel from Jeffrey Luscombea 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.


Praise for Shirts and Skins by Jeffrey Luscombe


“Tightly written and keenly observed, Shirts and Skins is an impressive debut from a writer we’re sure to hear more from.”

Nino Ricci, author of Lives of the Saints, Testament, and The Origin of Species


Shirts and Skins is an assured and compassionate novel. Jeffrey Luscombe understands the power of what isn't said and has created a work that sizzles with repressed sexuality and family tension. The characters are utterly believable. A satisfying and compelling work.”

—Lauren B. Davis, author of Our Daily Bread, The Radiant City and The Stubborn Season


Shirts and Skins is a novel that will speak to anyone who has ever felt the inextricable bonds of the past, or felt the long shadow of family and home places as they strive towards the light of wholeness of identity and self-ownership. A first novel deeply felt and skillfully told, by a writer with insight, compassion, and talent to burn.”

Michael Rowe, author of Enter, Night and Other Men's Sons


Jeffrey Luscombe was born in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. He holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. He attended The Humber College School for Writers where he was mentored by writers Nino Ricci and Lauren B. Davis. He has had fiction published in Chelsea Station, Tupperware Sandpiper, Zeugma Literary Journal, and filling Station Magazine. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Prism International Fiction Prize. He was a contributor to the anthology Truth or Dare (Slash Books Inc. 2011). He lives in Toronto with his husband Sean. Shirts and Skins is his first novel.


Shirts and Skins

by Jeffrey Luscombe

ISBN 13: 978-1-937627-00-3

ISBN 10: 19376270-0-4


226 pages, paperback, $18 retail

9 x 6 x .7 inches, 12.8 ounces

Publication date: 7/16/2012

Also available in digital formats at $9.99


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Chelsea Station Editions was founded in 2010 to fill a growing void of independent presses devoted to gay literature. Among the authors the press has published are debut writers Craig Moreau, Michael Graves, and David Pratt, and veterans Felice Picano, Walter Holland, Jon Marans, Charles Silverstein, Wesley Gibson, and Jameson Currier. In November 2011, the press launched Chelsea Station, a new magazine of gay writing.



Other titles available from Chelsea Station Editions


True Stories:
Portraits from My Past
a memoir by Felice Picano
Bob the Book
a debut novel by David Pratt
The Temperamentals
a play by Jon Marans
The Wolf at the Door
a novel by Jameson Currier
poems by Walter Holland
The March
a novel by Walter Holland
Chelsea Boy
debut poems by Craig Moreau
The Third Buddha
a novel by Jameson Currier
Dirty One
debut stories by Michael Graves
The Gay Man’s Guide to Timeless Manners and Proper Etiquette
by Corey Rosenberg
For the Ferryman
a memoir by Charles Silverstein
Personal Saviors
a novel by Wesley Gibson
Where the Rainbow Ends
by Jameson Currier
Dancing on the Moon
by Jameson Currier
Still Dancing
by Jameson Currier
My Movie
by David Pratt


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