Embracing the Sadder Side of Life

Published: Wednesday, 03/01/2006 12:00 am EST

Kissing the Damned, the first book by Mark Foss, explores the emotional ups and downs of Murray Lockhart, an Ottawa-based aid worker, who yearns for stable relationships with the women he dates, yet can't seem to hold one for long. Deep within him, there's an emotional insecurity, which prevents him from opening up his heart. His shaky sense of identity, the result of a tumultuous relationship with his father, eats away at him, giving the book a melancholic aura.

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