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Martin Moran

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  • The Tricky Part: One Boy's Fall from Trespass into Grace (2005) -- Finalist Lambda Literary 2005 Belles Lettres Awards
    Between the ages of twelve and fifteen, Martin Moran had a sexual relationship with an older man, a counselor he'd met at a Catholic boys' camp.  Almost thirty years later, aqt the age of forty-two, he set out to find and face his abuser.

    The Tricky Part  tells the story of this relationship and its complex affect on the man Moran became.  He grew up in an exemplary Irish Catholic family -- his great aunt was a cloistered nun; his father, a newspaper reporter.  They might have lived in the Denver neighborhood of Virginia Vale, but they belonged to Christ The King, the church and the school up the hill.  And the lessons Martin absorbed, as a good Catholic boy, were filled with the fraught mysteries of the spirit and the flesh.

    Into the world came Bob -- a Vietnam vet carving a ranch camp out of the mountain wilderness, showing the boys under his care how to milk cows, mend barb wire fence, and raft rivers.  He drove a six-wheeled International Harvester truck; he could read the stars like a map.  He also noticed a young boy who seemed a little unsure of himself, and he introduced the boy to the secret at the center of bodies.

    Told with startling candor and disarming humor, The Tricky Part carries us to the heart of the paradox -- that what we think of as damage may be the very thing that gives rise to transformation, even grace.

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