by Marci Blackman

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At the age of 21, Gus Weesfree witnessed a brutal crime in his hometown of Tradition, Ohio, and fled. Now an old man, exhausted by a life on the run, he is compelled to confront his past only to find most of his memories buried by urban sprawl. He seeks solace in Mabel, the sister he abandoned, a lifelong alcoholic who presumed him dead.
As the surviving Weesfree family exhumes their history, Gus finds that not all was as it seemed in Tradition. The love and betrayal of his youth ran far deeper than he ever imagined.
Moving seamlessly between present-day and the 1930s and '40s, award-winning author Marci Blackman reveals the powerful force exerted by the past on the present. Tradition gracefully uncovers the Weesfree family secrets--and how race, family, and loyalty can shape a life.

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BN ID: 2940016473499
Publisher: Water Street Press
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 308
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Marci Blackman is the author of two novels and several short works of fiction. Blackman’s first novel, Po Man’s Child, received the American Library Association’s Stonewall award for Best LBGT Fiction, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best Fiction, and was chosen for distribution by the Quality Paperback Book Club. Blackman's second novel, Tradition, will be released June 1, 2013, from Water Street Press. In addition to fiction, Blackman co-edited the Lambda nominated anthology, Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco, and authored the recently published Bike NYC: The Cyclist's Guide to New York City from Skyhorse Publishing.
Blackman lives and writes in New York.

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Tradition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NattyD More than 1 year ago
Blackman is a master at storytelling. The narrative swooped me in, as if I were really there, seeing the grass blowing and feeling the wind...with her characters a short adventure away, within shouting distance. I loved her characters, and wished that they could be my buddies in real life. I missed seeing them and hearing them, when I got to the end. Tradition had me thinking about the ways that the unseen, unheard, and unacknowledged affect what happens in my life, gifting it in huge, infinite ways. And I realized that these characters, who I missed, were actually here, all around me, waiting there for me to open my eyes. This book is so important, and so moving.