George Hovis - 'The Skin Artist'
The morning Bill Becker awakes to find the butterfly tattoo bleeding on his chest, his upwardly mobile life begins its harrowing downward spiral.
"The Skin Artist is the complex saga of a young man's search for his own identity on the dark side of the New South--it's hard to believe this is a first novel. Hovis has created an old-fashioned morality tale set against some of the most garish manifestations of the Sunbelt." --Lee Smith
Before becoming a writer and teacher, George Hovis worked as a process chemist at several ink factories in Charlotte, NC. He earned a PhD from the UNC-CH. He is a professor of English at SUNY Oneonta.
The morning Bill Becker awakes to find the butterfly tattoo bleeding on his chest, his upwardly mobile life begins its harrowing downward spiral. Exiled from a corporate career and from the failed marriage he left behind in a gated Charlotte community, Bill becomes obsessed with a tattooed dancer named Lucy, who is running from a trauma buried deep in her own past.