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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers
The snapshot on the cover captures the author at 12, standing in a kayak, full of life and hope. It was this boy who, one night at a Catholic boy's camp, was seduced by an older man, beginning a sexual relationship that would last for 3 years. Nearly 30 years later, at the age of 42, Moran, racked with conflicting emotions, sets out to confront the perpetrator -- and his past. What he finds is an old man in a VA hospital -- and the mystery of grace.
The Tricky Part is a book about complex issues, each of which Moran considers with sensitivity and generosity of heart. But mostly, it's about the "story that would not let [him] go." Moran has crafted a memoir of searing honesty and extraordinary courage, tackling the themes of sexuality, spirituality, and the loss of innocence. With an expertly woven narrative of past and present, The Tricky Part startles, provokes, and sends chills up one's spine. In his search, Moran uncovered profound truths that change the reader as much as they changed Moran, for it isn't blame that pervades this stunning book, but forgiveness.
In conclusion, Moran leaves readers with a question: Is it "possible that what harms us might come to restore us"? As his title suggests, that's the tricky part. (Fall 2005 Selection)