Broadway actor Martin Moran's courageous memoir, The Tricky Part, is a masterful ode to the power of forgiveness. Seduced by an older man as an adolescent, Moran, haunted by the experience, tracks him down some 30 years later. The result is an inspiration no reader will soon forget.
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Also Known As:
Marty Moran Jr.
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 29, 1959
Place of Birth:
Stanford University, 1978-80; American Conservatory Theater, 1981; B.A., SUNY Empire State College, 1991
Obie Award for The Tricky Part (Off-Broadway play), 2004
Martin Moran's official web site
|2005 Discover Award Finalist|
|The Tricky Part: A Boy's Story of Sexual Trespass, a Man's Journey to Forgiveness|
"The Tricky Part is a devastating confessional; the tragic story of a 12-year-old boy who gets lost in the gray areas of love and lust, trust and abuse," explains Discover Awards judge Tom Groneberg. "But Martin Moran doesn't allow this story to become a tragedy. Rather, in the bravest of ways, he shows us the simple power of redemption and forgiveness. This is a beautiful book, and I am a better person for having read it."
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|When in Doubt...|
|"It took me more than ten years to write my memoir. The doubt I felt about the subject matter and my abilities as a writer were excruciating," Moran reveals in our interview. "I think I would tell writers to make friends somehow with their doubt. To understand that doubt is sometimes a huge part of the process. That digging for the truth is tricky but noble business."|
We asked Moran to tell us about some of his favorite books. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead made his list: "Robinson’s book is utterly transcendent," he raves. "I was finishing it while riding the subway and burst into tears while reading the last few pages. I had to get off the train and find a solitary bench where I could weep and weep."
Moran also recommends the controversial memoir The Kiss. "Kathryn Harrison’s utter bravery at revealing and trying to make sense of her sexual relationship with her own father helped me, more than any other book, to glimpse the possibility of finding meaning and art in my own early sexual experience," he explains. "Hers is gripping and gorgeous writing." Learn more about Moran's favorite books, including: